Loop the Lake 2015 Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Cyclists at the end of the ride at Speers Point Park. Picture Jonathan Carroll
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Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Cyclists at the end of the ride at Speers Point Park. From left, Carlos Arredondo, John Innes, Bill Bunting, Donald McStay, Michael Hines. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. From left, Kim McLellan and Kerry Dally, starting their bike ride. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Cyclists starting their bike ride. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Ten year old Zara Ambler-Davis, at a drink stop at Belmont South. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Cyclists at the start. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Cyclists at Teralba. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Donald McStay, has a drink a the drink stop, Belmont Soutth Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Cyclists at Warners Bay. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from Loop the Lake 2015, organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay, on Sunday. Cyclists at Warners Bay. Picture Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookCYCLING enthusiasts from across the state have descended on Lake Macquarie for the annual Loop The Lake ride.

The Rotary Club of Warners Bay organised the event, in which about 1700 riders, from children to 80-year-olds, made their way along the lake’s edge to Speers Point Park.

Club president Kerry Hayes said cyclists on Sunday could choose from an 85-kilometre route that kicked off from Speers Point Park at 7am, a 50-kilometre route that began at Morisset or a 16-kilometre route that started from Belmont.

Participants could also choose to start their ride at any time and from any location around the lake.

‘‘It was a fantastic turnout,’’ Ms Hayes said.

‘‘We’ve been running this event for 18 years and we had people come up to us telling us they’ve done every ride and that they’ll be seeing us again next year.’’

The registration fee of $50 online, or $60 on the day, included fruit, muffins and water, a meal at Speers Point Park and entry to Speers Point Swim Centre.

Proceeds are given to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and other national and international charities.

The event was not timed, with all participants receiving a badge and a certificate.

Picture by Instagram user brianmaxlow