Local Sport

Top End Grand Fondo

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The NT’s largest cycling event, the Sunbuild Top End Gran Fondo is on this Sunday 18th August.

Over 500 riders are already entered and among them will be a team of over 80 in the ‘Happy Days For Gran Fondo’ team. Among the team will be Federal MP Luke Gosling, who will ride the Darwin Family Law 75km Half Fondo for the second consecutive year.

He will be joined in riding the Sunbuild Top End Gran Fondo by fellow politicians Hon Natasha Fyles, Hon Terry Mills and Hon Kate Worden.

The Happy Days team is a tribute to good mate Kyle who lost his life from suicide in 2014. For the team it’s about bringing a group of people together for a fun cycling experience to raise awareness on the topic of mental health and suicide prevention. They’re also raising money for local charity MATES in Construction, to support them with their work reducing suicide in the construction, mining and energy industries across the Territory.

Local lawyer Julian Barry is stumping up $1000 for charity to any member of parliament who rides either the 145km Full or 75km Half Fondo, with half going to the Darwin Cycling Club junior program and half to a charity of the MP’s choice.

“We started the ‘pollie pedal’ last year and Luke Gosling was the sole contender. Now we have four pollies riding in 2019, which is terrific,” Barry said.

The 8th edition of the Sunbuild Top End Gran Fondo is on this Sunday, with four distances on offer;

  • Sunbuild 145km Full Fondo – 6:30am start
  • Darwin Family Law 75km Half Fondo – 7:00am start
  • 25km Fun Fondo – 7:30am start
  • 3km Mini Fondo – 8:00am start

Entries are open online here.

Download the Event Booklet here.

Image: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee