This Saturday’s historic Tyalgum Cup cycling race is set to be the biggest event Murwillumbah Cycle Club has ever put on, with more than 200 entries.
The race, rescheduled from Australia Day when heavy rain fell throughout the shire, will start from 2.30pm in Tyalgum’s main street, where it also finishes.
Organisers say the delay in the race led to the increased number of riders for the 2012 race.
Junior riders will join elite cyclists in the seven divisions of the race around the 55-kilometre course through the valley. The elite men are expected to complete the course in just under an hour and a half.
Race organiser Peter McMahon said the club had photos of the Tyalgum Cup race going back as far as 1958 ‘but it may go back even further in one form or another’.
Meanwhile, the cycling club recently created and donated a new sign for the Tyalgum hall, to acknowledge the hall committee’s support for the annual race.
The sign also marks an official name change for the long-standing facility, now known as the Tyalgum Community Hall.
Cycle club president Dennis Burger said the hall had been a valuable headquarters for the Tyalgum Cup, ‘one of the biggest bike races in this area for a number of years’.
Mr Burger said Tyalgum Community Hall Association members had been ‘extremely supportive of our event and we wanted to acknowledge that assistance with a heartfelt thanks’.
The hall acts as a registration venue and association members organise drinks and a sausage sizzle for cycle club members and visitors.
For more info, call Mr Burger on 0427 726 090 or Mr McMahon on 0412 055 466.