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About The Ride

A compulsory briefing will be held on the Friday evening prior to the ride.

The ride departs Townsville on the Saturday morning 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 we 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 and overnight gear is provided.  The round trip for the ride is in the order of 260km. A compulsory briefing will be held on the Friday evening prior to the ride.

Cyclists travel at their nominated speed in a small group supported by a group leader and two support vehicles. All meals and transport of camping and overnight gear is provided. 

 

HISTORY

The Townsville Central Rotary Club had the vision 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.  The number of riders has grown over the years and we have raised a substantial amount for the research of mental health issues and support for local mental health organisations.  In 2019 we hope to boost that total even further.

 

Committee Members for 2020

Ride Chair – Rob Dorgelo 0456 622255
Secretary – Jeff Stephens 0400 337788
Ride Coordinator – Wayne Giese 0419 013731
Volunteer Co-ordinator – Dave Kirkpatrick 0409 290454
Catering Coord – Enzo Craperi  0418 771504
Treasurer – Janelle Mansbridge
Website – John Lorimer

If you need to reach out to a committee member please send an email to our admin email account, which can be found on our contact page.

Fast Facts

Ride Date:
Saturday May 30th & Sunday 31st 2020
Registration Fee:
$200
Fundraising Target (minimum):
$200
Distance and Trip Duration:
260km 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 (equipment by rider)
Swag in Cyclone Shelter
Motels are available in Ayr
What is Provided?
Meals, snacks and drinks
Ride jersey
Bike Mechanic
Support Vehicles
Camping Fees
Sunscreen
Live music in camp
Cash bar
A fun weekend
Event Briefing (compulsory):
Friday 29th May, 2020 at 6:30pm The Riverview Tavern.

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