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Mayor cycles from Walgett to Lightning Ridge raising money for Macquarie Home Stay

Mayor Jasen Ramien. Photo TWH

Tour de OROC

Walgett Shire Mayor Jasen Ramien braved the elements on Wednesday to ride the 80km Walgett to Lightning Ridge leg of the Tour de OROC.

“I feel okay at the moment and am over the moon to have had this opportunity to be a part of something so important to the Walgett Shire and other regional areas,” Councillor Ramien said.

“Many in our communities have had a Macquarie Home Stay experience and we are grateful for the assistance provided.”

This year two Olympian cyclists have joined the team.

Gold medallist Brad McGee, rode in the first two legs of the journey, having to leave upon arrival at Coonamble.

Brad is the head coach of the NSW Institute of Sport with many medals under his belt including a gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Gunnedah’s Sarah Carrigan is a professional cyclist with many achievements, including an Olympic gold medal in the Women’s road race at the 2004 Olympics.

Speaking at the Lightning Ridge Bowling Club Trivia fundraiser evening, Sarah said she “loved cycling and going as fast and as hard as I can, not bad for a shy kid who didn’t start riding until I was 15.”

Managing Director of the Macquarie Home Stay facility, Rod Crowfoot expressed his gratitude to the Tour de OROC team and those who have jumped on board to help raise funds. […]

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