Tracks out of action after winds fell trees
The Lions Club of Geraldine has its work cut out for it after 100 trees fell across its popular mountainbike tracks during last week's high winds.
Club members will start clearing trees from the track on Saturday and have their fingers crossed other members of the public will also assist with the cleanup.
The carnage has forced members to close the track until all trees are cleared, member Allan Kelly said. "I biked, or tried to bike, all the track the other day, but I was off my bike more than I was on it."
He is optimistic the track will be reopened soon. "It's nothing that can't be fixed."
The club is calling for help to get the job done and a working bee is planned for Saturday from 8.30am to 12pm.
"The Lions club in Geraldine is quite a strong club, but there's a proportion of the members you couldn't ask to go down and do the work [because they are older]."
The track has been a labour of love for many of the club's members, who have spent many hours clearing the tracks and keeping them tidy for cyclists and walkers to use all year round.
Hundreds of cyclists also gather on the track each year for the annual Geraldine Bike Challenge fundraiser, which the Lions club hosts.
Mr Kelly, along with other members, is keen to get the tracks cleared so people can utilise them leading up to the warmer months. "It just amazes me the number of people riding it. There's a need to get them cleaned up and get people on bikes again."
The area worst affected is from Vance to Bennett roads.
Helpers will meet on Saturday at the entrance to the track on Bennett Rd.
Other working bees will be arranged until the cleanup is complete, Mr Kelly said. The club's members will also place markers along the track afterwards to help direct people when cycling.
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