Cyclists take to the tarmac

PLANES were not the only things cruising the Hobart International Airport runway in September.

The tarmac saw more than 55 cyclists take to their bikes and tackle a time trial as part of the 2017 Variety Visionstream Cycle.

The participants, including a Visionstream team of mixed Tasmanian and interstate employees, had the option to compete in either a 100-kilmotre or 60-kilomtre route.

The 100-kilometre event kicked off at the Variety Tasmania offices in Cambridge before heading down to Opossum Bay and finishing at the airport.

The shorter course went to Cremorne and returned to Cambridge, where all the participants were treated to a social barbecue to wind down from the event before heading home.

The $8000 in proceeds raised at the event will now be donated to Variety the Children’s Charity Tasmania to provide assistance to Tasmanian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have additional needs.

“I would like to thank the wonderful support of Visionstream and the team of volunteers and participants that made this event possible,” Variety Tasmania state manager Luke Doyle said.

“This support and the funds raised during the Visionstream Cycle will allow Variety to continue empowering Tassie kids in need.”

For more information, visit www.varietytas.org.au.

Caption: The Visionstream team preparing to tackle a time trial on the Hobart International Airport tarmac as part of the 2017 Variety Visionstream Cycle.