Ride along with a legend today

WINNING GRIN: Australian Robbie McEwen takes out the fourth stage of the Tour de Wallonie in Belgium.
WINNING GRIN: Australian Robbie McEwen takes out the fourth stage of the Tour de Wallonie in Belgium.

IF YOU have ever wondered what it's like to ride with a Tour de France cyclist, you get the chance this afternoon.

Aussie cycling legend Robbie McEwan will lead a training ride of Yamba Triathlon Festival competitors looking to stretch their legs and anyone else who thinks they can keep up on a 35km ride around the sights of Yamba.

Organiser Matt Muir, from Yamba Shores Tavern, said the ride was an informal event but stressed riders must be experienced enough to ride in a group and keep up the pace.

"The riders are likely to average around 30km/h," Muir said.

Riding with Tour green jersey winner McEwan will be past Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic winner Nick Gate and triathlete and Olympian Craig Walton.

He said the riders would leave Ford Park, head out to Wooloweyah and Angourie before heading back to the Yamba Shores Tavern.

Muir said the ride was also a fundraiser for local charity the Disabled Surfers Association.

If you're not on your bike, the Yamba Triathlon Festival Lifestyle Expo, which runs from 6.30am to 2pm today and tomorrow, offers some retail therapy.

Festival organiser Nicole Rattenbury was delighted with the way local businesses are taking part.

"We have six organisations from the area stepping up to the plate," she said.

"They'll be offering a range of goods and services for spectators.

"One, Yamba Physiotherapy, will be massaging the sore muscles of competitors after the long-course event on Sunday."

Ms Rattenbury said a number of businesses who normally supported Elite Energy events were unable to attend this weekend because of their commitment to the Gatorade Series Round 2 in Brisbane this weekend.

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