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7 PEAKS – IT’S A WRAP!

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Pictured: Grand prize winner, Terry Golding (centre) with sons Sam (left) and Will at the summit of Mt Buller.

The extended Ride High Country 7 Peaks season wrapped up at the end of April after a full six months during which more than 9000 peaks were climbed, with 321 cyclists conquering all 7 Peaks.

Registered participants came from across Australia and as far afield as Ireland to tackle the rides. Overall, the most popular climb was Mount Buffalo, followed by Falls Creek and Hotham. Most ascents were on November 19 with Peakers taking advantage of early season form and ideal weather conditions, closely, followed by Australia Day.

The season marked the launch of the new Strava-integrated Ride High Country-7 Peaks app which, as well as being a digital passport for recording completed rides, offered comprehensive information about ride segments and maps and provided automatic entry into the draw for the grand prize, a trip for two to the Tour de France in July.

Adelaide cyclist, Terry Golding, was the lucky name to be drawn from the pool of riders who registered. He tackled four of the Victorian High Country’s 7 Peaks with his two sons, Will, 16 and Sam, 14, conquering Mt Buller, Mount Buffalo, Hotham and Falls Creek over consecutive days.

Mr Golding, who lives in Vale Park, is a keen road and MTB rider, and cycles at least four times a week in the Adelaide Hills and with the 99 Bikes (Prospect) bunch and Adelaide Mountain Bike Club.