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Tour de Mitchell winner chalks up enough kilometres to cycle to Sydney

28 July 2017

If Kathryn McDonald was pedalling out on the open road, she’d have ended up in Sydney with the number of kilometres she clocked up during the Tour de Mitchell.

Mrs McDonald took out the competition by cycling 856km on the exercise bikes at Mitchell Shire’s leisure centres in Kilmore and Seymour this month.

The competition, in its third year, challenges leisure centre members to cycle as far as they can during the 23 days of the 3500km Tour de France.

Mrs McDonald said she couldn’t have reached the mighty total without support.

“My husband would look after the kids, I had a friend that would come in and cycle with me for an hour or so and Lisa (spin instructor) gave me some music to help pass the time,” she said.

As well as keeping fit, Mrs McDonald took home the major prize of a Fitbit Flex 2.

The next best three riders - Drew Cook (800km), Giuliano Marcolin (590km) and Bianca Duell (507km) – also picked up some great prizes from local businesses including massages and osteopathy consults.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the competition was an enormous success, with 73 people participating across both leisure centres.

“It was fantastic to see so many people from all walks of life taking part in this year’s Tour de Mitchell. It was great to see people challenging their friends and family to see who could cycle the furthest,” Cr Sanderson said.

“The competition was also such a fantastic way to get in shape or keep fit and I encourage people to keep the kilometres up – just because the competition has ended, it doesn’t mean you have to stop cycling.

“Congratulations to Kathryn for taking out this year’s competition. I’m already looking forward to next year to see if Kathryn’s total distance can be bettered – but it will take some effort.”