Thu27Jul2017Sat29Jul20178:00 amTownsville, Australia
Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride 2017
The ride was founded in 1999 by Selwyn Hardwick. Sel felt helpless when his sister passed away from cancer, and one of his grandchildren became ill with leukaemia. On a road trip coming back from Cairns, Sel came up with the idea of riding from Townsville to Cairns to raise money to give to the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. He felt that this was a way he could help his grandson proactively. He invited his son to join in the challenge and the idea was born.
Townsville to Ingham (110 km)
After the initial gathering in ride groups at the Mercure Inn on Woolcock Street, Townsville, the ride begins with all groups departing for the first stop just out of town. Last minute adjustments are made to bike and body before tackling the Bruce Highway proper past Bluewater and Rollingstone to a well earned lunch stop at Frosty Mango. After lunch it’s off to Ingham, around 40km away, via undulating sections through the cane fields. The night is spent at the Ingham Showground’s Hall.
Ingham to Innisfail (150 km)
Following a well earned rest and breakfast, each group heads off through the quiet streets of Ingham for the big day ahead. Just 13km out the fun begins with the Cardwell Range testing the pre-ride training. Cheers of encouragement can be heard from fellow riders and support teams as riders strive to make it to the top of the range. Victory photos are taken of the groups. Tully is the lunch stop before the final run to Innisfail. Accommodation for the night is at the Innisfail PCYC Hall.
Innisfail to Cairns (90 km)
The final morning brings an air of jubilation when riders realise their goal is within 90km. Departing Innisfail through some rolling hills to Mirriwinni, then past scenic Mt Bellenden Ker to Deeral and Gordonvale. After a short stop in Gordonvale the last stretch leg takes groups to the Lions Park Earlville. There, groups enjoy an early lunch and await the arrival of all groups. Then it’s off in a sea of colour as all riders ride the final 10km together into the city centre of Cairns. Locals stop and cheer riders on the ride into town and a large welcoming party congratulates riders on arrival. Following a formal welcoming ceremony riders head off to freshen up for the evening festivities. A ride dinner is held each year to celebrate individual and group achievements and wind down after a fantastic ride.
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