Sun. May 26th, 2024

Be prepared to give way to cyclists in Armidale and Ebor this weekend, as the annual Tour de Rocks is ready to roll, and all for a good cause. 

“It is three days of bike riding, covering about 260kms plus, and we have the biggest number of riders this year with 470 signed up.” said Paula Williams, Board Member of Tour de Rocks. 

Leaving tomorrow, April 18, day 1 cover close to 114 kilometres from Armidale to Ebor, followed by day 2, 76 kilometre from Hernani to Ulong and bringing it home on day 3, with a final 73 kilometres from Ulong to Woolgoola. 

Riders will be turning up from all over easter Australia, as well as a strong contingency of local talent. 

“Majority are from the New England, but we have a huge team coming from the Coffs Coast, some from Port Macquarie and Central Coast, and further south and into sunny Queensland.” said Paula. 

The ride aims to inspire communities to help find a cure for cancer, while raising much needed funds along the way. 

“It is a ride to raise funds for cancer research health and wellbeing, and up until this morning we have raised over $80,000, and that’s not including registrations,” said Paula. 

“Now in our eleventh year, we have raised over $2.6million for cancer which is fantastic.” 

The main ride might head off tomorrow, but the party has already started with a dinner at the Armidale Services club this evening, which boasts a guest speaker and a presentation from last year’s event. 

And if you do want to catch the action, there is plenty of space to line up. 

“If you are along the route, which is a new route this year, please come and cheer people along.” 

If you would like to make a donation to the ride, please visit the Tour de Rocks website for further details. 

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