About The Ride

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

The ride will depart Townsville on the Saturday morning to cycle to the top of the Mingela range where we stop for lunch at the small town of Mingela before meandering along the rolling hills of the outback to Ravenswood.  

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. 

Ravenswood is an old gold mining township and is a living tribute to the history and heritage of western Queensland. Mullock heaps, tall chimneys, poppet heads and discarded mine machinery pepper the countryside, reminiscent of the town’s century-old glory.

Beautifully restored hotels and public buildings will give you a glimpse of what the town was once like.  An historic town that offers much more than you would expect.

Riders will be able to camp or stay in one of the available hotels.  That evening there will be light entertainment.  On Sunday morning cyclist return to Townsville via the same route.


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 2019

Chairman: Henry Fracchia

Secretary: Rosanne Coumbis

Gary Orchard – Ride Co-ordinator and Trainer

Myriam Orchard – Ride Co-ordinator

Enzo Craperi – Catering Co-ordinator

John Larkin – Printing and Promotional material

John Curran

Janet Curran

Wayne Giese

Rob Dorgelo

Paul Beesely

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 25th & Sunday 26th 2019
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
All accommodation including camping and swags require prior bookings. Hotel Accommodation at Railway and International Hotels and Top Camp. Camping available at Railway Hotel and Top Camp. Limited covered area for swags.
What is Provided?
Meals, snacks and drinks
Ride jersey
Bike Mechanic
Support Vehicles
Camping Fees
Live music in camp
Cash bar
A fun weekend
Event Briefing (compulsory):
Friday 24th May, 2019 at 6:30pm The Riverview Tavern.

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