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Gears and Beers Festival 2023

This annual celebration is about two things: cold beer and mixed-surface cycling.
By Alec Jones
June 05, 2023
By Alec Jones
June 05, 2023

Strenuous physical activities and cold beer go together like, well, cold beer and a lot of stuff. That's the driving inspiration for a little celebration called Gears and Beers Festival, the brainchild of the Rotary Club of Wollundry Wagga Wagga. The annual celebration takes the best parts of racing and festivals, combining them in a joint and complete event on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

First is the gears. If you're up for it, you can register for one of five cycling courses. The weekend kicks off on Saturday with the 40-kilometre Wiradjuri Welcome course, designed to warm you up for the main events the following day. Sunday racers can register for the scenic ten-kilometre Strawberry Ride, the 30-kilometre road course, the gravel-heavy Sic60 60-kilometre course, the lengthy 115-kilometre course and the flagship Dirty130 130-kilometre course.

All the Sunday rides are timed to have you arrive at the festival grounds at around lunchtime. If you've registered in a ride, entry is free. But non-riders can also purchase tickets to the festival separately. The festival is held in the Victory Memorial Gardens of Wagga Wagga, where you'll have a chance to recover from the ride with cold (and local) craft beers, ciders and wines — or hot local coffee and food alongside live music and sunshine with your fellow riders.

Gears and Beers festival runs from Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 1. To register or find more information, visit the website.

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