What is the Pedal the Peel Cycling Challenge?
The Challenge is a fun, social cycling challenge with four distances that are attractive to riders of all skill levels, from families with children aged 12+ at distances from only 15km, to longer distances suited to regular social and competitive riders who want to stretch their legs over distances up to 100km.
The event is created by riders, for riders, and particular attention is paid to the course design, with riders able to enjoy the scenery of the Tamworth area on quality roads with minimal traffic. Following course completion, there is an enjoyable afternoon of socialising with friends and family at the finish line, with live entertainment at Moore Creek Tennis Club, located on Moore Creek Road, Tamworth.
The inaugural Pedal the Peel Cycling Challenge was conceived and run by the Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light in 2010.
The Challenge was held again on the 21st October 2012, 12th October 2014, 11th October 2015, 2nd April 2017 and 8th April 2018, with all events being an outstanding success.
Since 2017, The Rotary Club of Tamworth Sunrise has joined in hosting The Challenge and provided additional volunteers on the ground for the event.
A Tamworth Community Initiative
In 2019, our objectives are simple:
Support local community charities and not for profit organisations in Tamworth and the region by raising funds through this event
- To raise over $30,000 from registration fees and general fundraising on the day of the event.
- Attract over 300 entrants, and just as many people supporting the event day through volunteering and simply attending Moore Creek Tennis Club on Moore Creek Road to support the riders.
- Under all circumstances.....have fun and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Peel Valley.
This year there will be four courses to choose from that all start and finish at Moore Creek Tennis Club on Moore Creek Road, Tamworth.
- 15km Escorted Course
- 25km Short Course
- 45km Medium Course
- 100km Long Course
These selected routes will take you around the some of the most picturesque countryside of Tamworth, Moore Creek, Kootingal, Loomberah and the Peel Valley.
And for those entrants that are new to cycling or would prefer the added safety of being under escort we will be running the escorted 15 km course again. The escorted ride is ideal for the younger entrants (aged 12 and over) or riders that may not have their road cycling awareness yet. It will be led by a safety vehicle and have experienced cyclists assisting riders along the course.
If cycling isn't for you, please see our volunteers page if you would like to help out on the day of the event.