Pink Pedal Power

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Who says a little exercise, food and wine can’t be enjoyed together?

Cyclists who donned their finest shade of pink, and most impractical riding gear, got frocked up and frilled up for the annual Pink Pedal Ride in Rutherglen for the McGrath Foundation.

The brainchild of four local businesses, the event started in fine style, with canapes and pink bubbles at Passion Flora, a short ride through the vines to Cofield Wines for a two course alfresco feast by The Pickled Sisters Cafe.

Kelly Johnson from Tallangatta regards herself as is a hobby cyclist, and couldn’t resist being part of the fundraising party.

“We thought we’d have a bit of a uniform, a tutu, leg warmers, pink glasses and go out there with a bang, before settling down at Cofields and relaxing with a beautiful meal and lovely wine,” she said.

One cyclist who knows the girls are on to a good thing is Gary Featherstone.

“I was the only fella riding for a few years, but I think there’s another two maybe three guys this year,” Gary said.

“At the end of the day, I’ve got a partner and I’m concerned about her and it (breast cancer) affects everyone. I’d like to see more fellas, the more the merrier.

“What a perfect day to go out for a beautiful lunch, bubbles for breakfast – it doesn’t get any better – the girls are onto something,” he said.

Around $1,700 was raised for the McGrath Foundation from the ride, as well as donations gathered during the year from The Victoria Hotel from their Boobs, Bikes and Bubbles cycling packages.