June to ride through July
Monday, 15th July, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
Cycling dynamo June Files and her 47 Silver City Bush Treadlers will saddle up for their annual two-week charity cycling ride next week.
Mrs Files, 70, and her blur of cyclists will meet at the NSW town of Hay on Sunday, July 21 to start their 675km round trip.
Last year the Treadlers undertook a gruelling 2200km ride through three states. Despite being plagued by bad weather and a few unlucky run-ins with animals, they made it home with $65,000 for the RFDS.
“Our normal ride is only two weeks but last year I made an exception because I’d got an OAM,” Mrs Files said.
“We could never match what we did last year - it was so big.”
Leaving from Hay, the grandmother will lead her team through a number of tiny villages including Dunbar, Booligal, Oxley, Kyalite and Booroorban and back to Hay.
A lot of planning goes into the ride. Mrs Files and husband Ross drive to each of the locations to check if their group can stay at points during their ride.
“To have almost 50 people just turn up... you just can’t do that.”
Mrs Files says fitting in four rides a week of about 25km is important in the lead up to the ride.
“It’s a ride, not a race. Some are really fast riders but that’s OK.”
The Silver City Bush Treadlers have raised $358,000 for the Flying Doctor since its first ride in 1996.