Friday 24th May 2019 6:30pm
Compulsory Briefing Night6.30pm 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.
Saturday 25th May 2019 6am
First Ride Group Arrives at Riverview Tavern
Saturday 25th May 2019 5:30pm-6:00pm
Camp Time = Party Time
Sunday 26th May 2019 6am
BreakfastBreakfast from 6am til 7am
Sunday 26th May 2019 7am
Sunday 25th May 2019 7:30am
First ride group departs
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.