Cyclists plan big ride

BIKES: Natasha Clark, Michael Swaffer and Geoff Stewart after their ride at Yallunda Flat at the weekend.
BIKES: Natasha Clark, Michael Swaffer and Geoff Stewart after their ride at Yallunda Flat at the weekend.

A group of Tumby Bay residents is taking their bikes out on weekly rides and plans something bigger for the future once the threat of COVID-19 has subsided.

Bikes By the Bay is a group of residents who get together at the Tumby Bay jetty every Saturday morning to go for a casual ride.

The group also plan special rides out and about the district, including last weekend when they became "Bikes in the Bush" and did a ride from Yallunda Flat to Koppio, stopping for morning tea before riding back and having lunch.

Group organiser Michael Swaffer said the group started after he got together with fellow resident Natasha Clark and discussed riding together, which then grew to include others.

He said the rides had provided the benefit of physical exercise as well as social interaction.

"For a lot of people here what you do after riding the bike is just as important as what you do when you're riding the bike," he said.

The special rides, including the one at Yallunda Flat, does include people from outside the area.

However Mr Swaffer said there are plans for a bigger cycling event that would bring even more people together and has been given the name 'Tour de Tumby'.

He said Tour de Tumby was looking to be an annual event that brought together cyclists of all ages that could even attract people from outside Eyre Peninsula.

RIDERS: Participants of the 'Bikes in the Bush' ride at Yallunda Flat on Saturday.

RIDERS: Participants of the 'Bikes in the Bush' ride at Yallunda Flat on Saturday.

However any such plans would need to sit on the backburner for now as COVID-19 continues to be a threat across Australia and the world.

"Once COVID-19 has cleared we can start planning so we can have 50 to 100 people and not worry about how big a crowd should be," he said.

In the meantime the group will continue to meet on Saturday mornings for more riding expeditions.

The group even rode to support a cause as throughout May they took part in the May 50k Challenge to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.

People are invited to join the group which departs from the jetty at about 8.30am on Saturdays.

Anyone wanting to find out more are encouraged to visit the 'Bikes By the Bay-Tour de Tumby' Facebook page.