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.