Cyclists training hard for fifth tour

This year is the fifth instalment of Tour de Rocks, an Armidale-based registered charity “Riding to inspire communities to help find a cure for cancer”. 

Training is under way for the enthusiastic Guyra team following our success in the 2016 Guyra Shire Australia Day Awards. Currently team numbers are 23 riders and 8 supporters; we will start from Armidale on April 14 and finish up in South West Rocks on April 16. We are calling on members of the Guyra Community to show us their support in one (or more) of the following ways:

• Fundraising Music Trivia night at Rafters on the 1st of April. Tickets $40 per person tables of 8 get in quick - numbers capped at 80. Get a table together for a night of fun, tickets at High on Bikes, Guyra Shire and Library.

• East Africa raffle (donated by Bench International) valued approx. $15000. 13 days/11 nights for 2 people. Tickets $50. Available at Rafters or contact Pip White 67794282.

• Tour de Rocks raffle – 1st prize 1 week Ski Cardrona for 2 people, 2nd prize Giant bike.  Tickets $5. Contact Kirsten Porter 67791197.

• Donate to our team online -

Team Captains Ken Porter and David Mills have been putting together some fantastic Saturday training rides and are impressed with the team progress to date.

All funds raised go to cancer research, awareness and prevention, to learn more visit the website; tour de

In other cycling news the 120 riders taking part in the Tour de Cure

will travel through Guyra on May 2. They will overnight in Armidale where there will be a function at the Ex Services Club, which will combine with the Tour de Rocks Finale. Sunrise will be in attendance so Mark Berretta will MC the evening. Tour de Cure will present $10000 to a suitable cancer charity in each town it overnights in. More details to follow.

The Guyra Cycling Community is looking forward to launching a website in the following months. Meanwhile some terrific work has been going on producing a brochure that lists cycle trails for visitors to Guyra.  Keep an eye out to these – then jump on your bike and give it a go!

Penny Farthing