GEARS and Beers organiser Phil McIntosh said there were multiple benefits of the festival for the wider community.
As well as playing host to a fun social event that promotes fitness, Gears and Beers is a tourism driver and a community fund-raiser.
“It is developing into a massive tourism driver, bringing people to Wagga from all over the country,” Phil said.
“This year we are tracking the postcode of all participants so we can see how many people from outside the 2650 postcode come for the event.
“It’s all about heads on beds for Wagga and the more nights they stay the better it is for all businesses.
“It is capable of generating a lot of money for the Wagga community.”
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This year Rotary Club of Wollundry Wagga Wagga hope to raise $40,000 for local charities.
“We made the decision to use the proceeds from the fund raising at this event to be shared around multiple charitable organisation and supporting people in our community that need it,” Phil said.
In 2016, Gears & Beers aims to:
- Support local community charities
- Raise over $40,000
- Attract over 1200 riders and over 4000 festival attendees