Friday 25th 5:45pm-6:30pm
Compulsory Briefing NightBetween 5.45pm and 6.30pm you can: Deposit your fund raising with the Accounts Team, and they will audit and receipt your deposits; Pick up your Ride Kit, containing your ride shirt, drink bottles, luggage tags, name tags and other goodies; Put your overnight gear into the luggage truck (the ride web site lists thing to take. Remember that this year you have the option of sleeping in your own tent OR setting up your swag, mattress or camp stretcher in the new cyclone shelter); Meet your team leader and other members of your team; Have dinner – the Tavern is one of our Sponsors and has $15 meals with 5 choices exclusively for our riders and supporters. Buy tickets in our raffle – two draws of a drill set donated by Steve Glasby. The Ride Briefing will commence from 6.30pm and will take around 15 to 20 minutes. Dinner will still be available after the Briefing.
First Ride Group Arrives at Riverview Tavern
Camp Time = Party Time
BreakfastBreakfast from 6am til 7am
First ride group departs
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 at the Riverview Tavern.
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.