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WHAT IS THE BANISH THE BLACK DOG CHARITY RIDE?

The Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride is a relaxed cycling tour promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community, and to raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. The ride’s major donation recipient is Australian Rotary Health, the largest non government mental health research funding organization in Australia. We also support local initiatives in the treatment and support of those suffering mental illnesses.

WHO SHOULD GO ON THIS RIDE?

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The ride caters to all riders from relative beginners to experienced with a range of group ride speeds to choose from to suit your own personal capability. Each speed group has their own support vehicle

FAST FACTS

Ride Date:
May 23rd & Sunday 24th 2015
Registration Fee:
$195
Fundraising Target (minimum):
$200
Distance and Trip Duration:
260kms over 2 days
Physical Capability:
A level of fitness to be able to cycle up to 8 hours at a minimum speed of 20kph for 2 days
Accommodation:
Camping at the Ayr Showgrounds (BYO tent)
What is Provided?
Meals, snacks and drinks
Ride jersey
Bike Mechanic
Support Vehicles
Camping Fees
Sunscreen
Live music in camp
Cash bar with the cheapest prices in the Burdekin
A fun weekend
Event Briefing (compulsory):
Friday, 22 May, 6:30pm
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Did you see this great offer from The Go? Enter their draw to win $3,000 worth of health and fitness goodies thanks to the support of local businesses – every $5 you donate gets you a ticket to win the goodies. You'll find the link below.

And to Carly and Katrina, great photos and write up of the weekend. Thanks for being part of it!
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More than 80 riders saddled up for the 260km return trip from Townsville to Ayr (via Woodstock) over the weekend to raise funds and awareness for mental health on the Banish the Black Dog Charity Ride. With four different groups of varying speeds guided by support vehicles front and back, cyclists of a range of experience took part – some first-timers, others Black Dog faithfuls. While there were a lot of sore bums, hands and feet, there were plenty of smiles and laughs over the two-day annual trip. Our co-founder Carly did the ride for the first time, taking advice to double-up for comfort, which paid off! Well done to all the riders who took part on a fun and safe trip – particularly to all the volunteers involved who made everything run so smoothly (despite the bumps in the road!). We are offering Goers the unique chance to donate to this important cause and be in the draw to win $3,000 worth of health and fitness goodies thanks to the support of local businesses – every $5 you donate gets you a ticket to win the goodies. Find out more here: thegotownsville.com.au/banish-the-black-dog-fundraiser/ #mentalhealth #cycling #BTBD #GetGoing

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Happy finishers. :-) ...

Thanks BN for this fabulous prize. It's given me far more pleasure through my donation as a raffle prize for the BUG. The money raised helped the Townsville BUG get going and I got to meet and team up with a fabulous lady. Bec is as aware as me of the role cycling can play in improving Health, The Environment, financial and traffic issues. She's younger, prettier, on the road to becoming a Dr and happy to engage the media. We make a good team. This is us after a Rotary Banish the Black Dog ride.

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Banish the Black Dog shared Top Brand Cycles's post. ...

Lunch stop at Guiru for the Black Dog Riders :)

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Banish the Black Dog shared Top Brand Cycles's post. ...

An early start to tackle that head wind for the Black Dog guys this morning!!!

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Blue Heelers heading out this morning. ...

It's raining in Ayr this morning & rather chilly, but the Blue Heelers have just taken off, 130km homeward bound and 8 hours in the saddle for the Banish the Black Dog charity ride (after doing 8 yesterday). You can help us raise money for mental health & win a $3,000 fitness hamper here: thegotownsville.com.au/banish-the-black-dog-fundraiser/ #ouch #mentalhealth #cycling

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