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Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride

Saturday 24h & Sunday  25th May 2014

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 rides 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.

Our Rotary Club had the vision for the club to target mental health issues and support healthier minds, bodies and communities through the Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride.  The inaugural ride was held in 2009 and received magnificent support with 85 riders raising over $22 000.  In the five years we have been riding, the number of riders has grown to 124 last year and we have raised over $250,000 for the research of mental health issues and have provided support for local mental health organisations.  In 2014 we hope to boost that total even further.

Participants in the 2014 ride will depart Townsville on the Saturday to cycle through the cane fields and crops of the magnificent Burdekin region of North Queensland to the Ayr Showgrounds. There riders will be able to camp out on the broad, shaded lawns. That evening there will be light entertainment.  On Sunday morning they return to Townsville via a different route which passes around the base of Mount Elliot. Cyclists travel at their nominated speed in a small group supported by a group leader and two support vehicles. Meals and transport of camping gear is provided.  The round trip for the ride is in the order of 260km.

Register Now

Online registration payment is by credit card. Please contact Wayne Giese, on 0419 775 717 if you require an alternative.

Ride Jerseys: 2014 ride shirts are being sourced from a new sponsor. Please be sure to check the sizing charts before you register to be sure you select the right size.

Jerseys are also available to try on at Bridges Financial Group, Royal Oak Plaza, 263 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park (Townsville) and Road and Rock Cycles 164 Victoria Street, Mackay.

PLEASE NOTE: the jerseys are a lot smaller than in previous years.



Donations to the Banish the Black Dog Bike ride can be made to:

Rotary Club of Townsville Central,
BSB: 704 640
Account #: 220532
Please remember to provide a reference to the BtBD Ride and your surname.

Or make a cheque payment and post it to:

PO Box 653 CastleTown


There are two options available for fundraising online this year, one to support Australian Rotary Health (ARH) (tax-deductible donations) and one to support local mental health initiatives (non tax-deductible).

  1. Donations to ARH: Click on the following link to the ‘Banish the Black Dog team on the Everyday Hero website.  Click on the ‘Join the team’ button and set up your own individual fundraising page.  Then share the page with your family, friends and contacts.  All donations will be tax-deductible and a tax receipt issued.
  2. Donations to support local mental health initiatives:  Click on the following link to the ‘Banish the Black Dog Bike Ride Give Now‘ page.  To collect donations on this site, share the page with your family, friends and contacts.  Make sure you ask them to add your name on the donations page where it asks which rider they are supporting.  Please note that these donations are non tax-deductible.
Click below to download the 2014 Maps



Day 1 Map



Day 2 Map