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Event to reclaim mountain

Back, Frank Soto and Rob Battocchio with Mt Keira Demonstration School students Emily Harding, Alyssa Sorensen, Yuyama Tsui and Sebastian Dinoro promote the Keira Challenge Community Cycle and Walk on November 8. Picture: KIRK GILMOURWOLLONGONG ADVERTISER
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After an 18-month closure that caused hassles for residents and motorists and put a dent in visitor numbers, Mount Keira Road reopened to traffic in August.

To celebrate the reopening and encourage people back to Mount Keira, Wollongong City Council and Activate Events have organised the Keira Challenge Community Cycle and Walk on Saturday, November 8. The Keira Challenge is a chance to “reclaim the mountain” and involves a 6½ kilometre cycle climb up Mount Keira, starting at Edmund Rice College gates from 7.30am. The ride, sponsored by Soto Engineering, is open to riders of all abilities, aged 12 and over. Entry costs $25 for adults, $15 for those aged 12 to 17.

A five-kilometre summit walk will also be held, starting at 10am from Mount Keira Demonstration School. Entry is free and includes a free return shuttle bus. Registrations for both events will be available on the day.

The school will hold stalls selling coffee, cakes and trash and treasure from 9am. The Rotary Club of Wollongong and Scouts will also run a fund-raising barbecue at the lookout and visitors can check out a drift trike display.

“It’s a great landscape – get out there grab your joggers, jump on your bike, come and join us for the day,” Keira Challenge co-ordinator Rob Battocchio said.

“It’s is an event to celebrate it [reopening], invite people back to Mount Keira, it’s a great outdoor playground and also we’re proud to be able to assist Mount Keira school in some fund-raising activities.”

Battocchio said while the cycle ride was for novices up to experienced riders, he hoped some of the more competitive cyclists would test themselves on the mountain.

A 400m section of Mount Keira Road, between the Scout Camp and Byrarong Park, had been closed to traffic since December 2012 after major rockfalls and landslides prompted $2.4 million of stabilisation and hazard reduction work.

Information, registrations: http://keirachallenge老域名.au

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