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The Balnarring & District Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank was last week shown just what its sponsorship of the Red Hill Rider mountain bike club has bought.
Club president Mark Gardner and several junior members assembled the $4500 marquee outside the branch in Balnarring shopping centre.
The Balnarring & District Community Bank provided $2500 toward the 6.0 metre x 3.0 metre marquee under its community groups sponsorship program, while the balance was raised by the club via race and social events and merchandise sales.
The marquee, which has full signage in the Red Hill Rider’s distinctive colours and logo, will be seen at national and other major mountain bike race meetings in Victoria and interstate, as well as act as the club’s HQ at promotions and other events.
“The marquee will act as great marketing for our club brand,” said Mr Gardner. “Our logo is becoming very well known within the mountain bike community nationwide, so no-one will miss us!
“On a more practical level, it acts as the hub at race meetings for our club members, a place where they can store their gear, where they can rest and recuperate between races, or transition in long distance events.
“We cannot thank the Balnarring & District Branch of the Bendigo Bank enough for their generous support.”
Red Hill Riders now has 150 members, most of whom race in one or more disciplines of mountain biking, be it cross-country, enduro, marathon, downhill or cyclocross.
Competitive club members are aged from early teens to their 50s (60s???) and are both male and female.
Balnarring & District Community Bank Branch Manager Jason Symonds said: “We are really proud to be able to support the Red Hill Riders in their endeavours. The Club provides a great base in the Community for people of all ages to enjoy mountain bike riding. As per the Bendigo Bank’s Community philosophy, we are very much in favour of supporting (where we can and funds allow) our local clubs and groups for the betterment and benefit of our Community”.
Red Hill Riders came into existence in 2009 as a way to unite Mornington Peninsula-based mountain bikers and provide new enthusiasts with a supported and guided pathway into the sport.
The club has also played a key role in the development of a proposed roadside trail network for the Mornington Peninsula, which has just gone up for public discussion.
Developed in conjunction with the Mornington Peninsula Shire and other key stakeholders such as horse riders and walkers, the network is divided into four loops totalling 120km.
“We have been working on this for more than 12 month and it has been an exciting process to be involved in,” said Mr Gardner. “The loops will be like rail trails on the roadside verge.
“The proposal is now available for public viewing and comment (at website http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=1653&;h=0 ) and we urge all bicycle riders – whether Red Hill Riders or not – to have a good look and add their voices of support.”
See this You-Tube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQVks9NI-d8&;feature=plcp
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