Tour de Rocks - gruelling 260km cancer funding bike ride

By bobreid, 29 May, 2024
Tour de Rocks

Could you manage a 263 km bike ride, with 4,315 metres of uphill riding, and 5,225 metres of downhill riding, along sealed and gravel roads and bush tracks, from Armidale to Woolgoolga, in just three days?

Well, our resident Pilates instructor, Sarah Kevin, completed this challenging and exhausting bike ride just last month - the Tour de Rocks - a charity event aiming to inspire communities to help find a cure for cancer.

Since 2012 Tour de Rocks has raised over $2.1m which has been donated to cancer research and cancer support groups in our community.

The ride used to end at South West Rocks, that's why it was called Tour de Rocks, but due to road conditions the finish was recently changed to Woolgoolga.

Over 400 riders completed this year, and Sarah was part of the Faircloth and Reynolds team which raised in the order of $30,000.

Professionally organised by volunteers, the event included three days of meals - including morning tea and lunch stops, great support crews, overnight camping in tents and swags, and even a "happy bus" for those riders who needed a helping hand to finish a days ride.

The riders were from all age groups, riding a range of mountain bikes, hybrids and ebikes - with ebike charging facilities provided.

I asked Sarah what were the highlights and the lowlights of the ride.

The lowlight was the ants in her swag on the first night - Sarah couldn't sleep in her swag the first night because ants had taken up residence in it - in the end she had to sleep fully clothed on a stretcher in a trailer with the door open - on a freezing autumn night at Ebor! 

The highlight was the camaraderie, with everyone helping each other push through three really tough days.

At the beginning of the ride, all riders chose a "mascot" - a doll to hang on their bikes or their helmets to remind them of why they were doing the ride.

Sarah, good on you - a great fund raising event that will help find a cure for cancer.



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