About 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.


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 2018 we hope to boost that total even further.


Committee Members for 2018

Chairman: Henry Fracchia

Secretary: Ken Tippet

Treasurer: Peter Murphy

Registrations: Wayne Giese

Rider Coordination: Janet Curren and Wayne Giese

Rider Training: Wayne Giese

Promotions: Henry Fracchia, Rod Johnstone, Rob Dorgelo

Supporters and Vehicles: Janet Curren

Catering and Venue Organisation: Enzo Craperi

Bar and Luggage: John Larkin

Printing: John Larkin

Ride Shirt Coordinator: Rosanne Coumbis

Website: Dan Pritchard

Permits: Peter Murphy


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 26th & Sunday 27th 2018
Registration Fee:
Fundraising Target (minimum):
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
Camping at the Ayr Showgrounds (BYO camping gear – covered spaces available in Cyclone Shelter)
What is Provided?
Meals, snacks and drinks
Ride jersey
Bike Mechanic
Support Vehicles
Camping Fees
Live music in camp
Cash bar with the cheapest prices in the Burdekin
A fun weekend
Event Briefing (compulsory):
Friday, 25th May, 6:30pm @ The Riverview Tavern

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