Camp Quality’s Motocyc stopped in Mudgee for first time
Camp Quality's annual but recently established fundraiser, Motocyc, made a Mudgee stop last weekend.
The three-day ride - which this year went from Newcastle to Bathurst, via Mudgee - had the somewhat unusual route that saw it spend two nights in the local area.
Motocyc has four teams - red, purple, green, and pink - who are each responsible for getting sponsors for their shirts.
All money raised goes to the charity, with riders paying for their own meals, fuel and accommodation.
On Saturday locals had the option to jump on their own bikes to join in on a day trip to Bathurst.
And that night the group heard a local family, the Fraser's, who spoke about their experience with Camp Quality when their son was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017, along with a charity auction.
"This one is a little bit different because we've had two nights in Mudgee, Friday and Saturday while going to Bathurst and back," founder of the event Damian Charleson said.
"On Saturday night we had a Camp Quality family speak with us at dinner, which is all about getting the riders to understand what it's all about and what it's like to live with cancer and how it affects kids.
"We like coming to Mudgee, a group of us come here quite a lot, and we were keen to make it a part this year."
Mr Charleson added that in the event's relatively short history it's been growing and each year they've tried to hit the road to a different location, with Mudgee being their first trip to the Central West.
"We try and get as many participants as we can and last year we had about 20 riders, this year we've got 42," he said. "Each year we've made over $70,000 and this year it will be well over 100 for Camp Quality.
"In the four years we've been out to Glen Innes, up Armidale in the north, down around the Snowy Mountains in the south, and now out west, so we've been to different areas every time.
"And we have all types of riders from experienced to less experienced, but it's non-threatening for them they can go at their own pace."