Funding injection into annual cycle

The annual Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic has had an injection of life after the State Government financed the event.

Now in its 94th year, the Collie Cycle Club received $8000 for its biggest event of the year, which will see riders trek the 104km route over the hill during this coming weekend.

Cycling Collie: The State Government has injected $8000 over two years into the annual Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic through the Collie Futures Fund. Picture: Taylar Amonini.

Cycling Collie: The State Government has injected $8000 over two years into the annual Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic through the Collie Futures Fund. Picture: Taylar Amonini.

Club president Alf Mason said any injection into the annual race was always welcomed.

"Any grant we can get is great because it all goes towards helping pay for the race, it's not cheap to set this up anymore," he said.

"It's very hard now... we just want to carry on even if we only get to 100."

The funding was part of the Collie Futures Fund, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits for businesses to consider Collie as a place of investment.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the State Government was committed to growing the economic opportunities for the region.

"Funding such as this from the Collie Futures Fund keeps events happening every weekend, which then rolls out to all the shops in town because people actually come in," Mr Murray said.

"I'd be extremely happy if we could have one event every weekend of the year, which would bring about quite an economic boost about the time very similar to what's happening in Perth on a bigger scale."

The annual race has also been sponsored by the Collie and Districts Community Bank, which has been donating funds to ensure the race continues for a number of years.

This year the bank donated another $7900, totaling $93,000 in support over seven years.

Cyclists will gather in Collie's CBD this Saturday to kick off the day of riding. The handicap event will begin in Collie before heading towards Mumballup and then onto Donnybrook, before making its way back to Collie, ending at the Crown Hotel.