Wind kind on Newcrest Challenge cyclists | Photos

THE Newcrest Challenge has welcomed its highest number of registrations in the three years since it started, with almost 1400 people putting their pedals to the metal. 

Bicycle Network chief executive Craig Richards said the amount the event brought to the economy was nearing $1 million.

“We want to keep people coming back to Orange and it’s reputation as a place to ride is increasing,” he said.

Cyclists had the option of a 70-kilometre ride from Orange to Canowindra, a 100-kilometre ride from Canowindra to Orange or a marathon 170-kilometre loop in hot, but wind-free conditions.

Alex Malone and Dan Bonello, both from Sydney, won the 170-kilometre trek,