10th Anniversary for Tour de Rocks

$5000 for Guyra Can Assist accepted by Guyra riders (l to r) Donna Mayled, Judi Wark, Jenni Jackson, Mike Mayled, Pip White, Ken Porter, Robyn Denise, Garry Mayled, David Mills, Michael Kirk, Kaye Endres(Tour de Rocks), Wayne Jenkyn Absent: Roy Jones &
25th Apr 2023

The 10th anniversary of the Tour de Rocks saw 345 bike riders head out of Armidale last Thursday. In previous years, the ride has taken the riders from the tablelands to the coast ending in South West Rocks. With the closure of the Kempsey Rd, the Tour de Rocks was actually a tour of the tablelands over three days from Armidale to Wollomombi, Wollomombi to Guyra and then Guyra back to Armidale.
In a huge community effort, 110 support people were also on hand to help the riders and prepare the 4600 meals that were consumed over the three-day ride.
A team of twelve riders and two support people represented the Guyra Cycling Community in this year’s event. The Guyra riders put in many hours of altitude training and completed the three-day ride in fine form.
Day 1 was a ride from Armidale to Wollomombi then to Jeogola Station for lunch and back to Wollomombi to camp the night
Day 2 was a big 90km from Wollomombi to Guyra via Rockvale Rd (and many mountains), Aberfoyle Rd, Glasser Rd and Wards Mistake Rd into Guyra, to camp at the beautiful show ground.
Day 3 was a little easier as it was a short 55kms from Guyra to Armidale via the Boorolong Rd.
Friday night was a highlight with all Tour de Rocks participants converging on the Guyra Showground. Many thanks go to the Guyra CWA Evening Branch for helping with the evening meal and cooking amazing sweet treats for the night.
Dr Mark Henschke was a longtime participant of this ride and had registered to ride in 2023, before being tragically killed in a cycling road accident. Mark is sadly missed by the Tour de Rocks Community and amazingly a jersey with his name on it was auctioned for $1500.
Many thanks must go to all the sponsors who contribute, to help us raise in excess of $200,000 for cancer sufferers and research and development.
The Guyra Cycling Team were also very proud to accept a cheque for $5000 on behalf of Guyra Can Assist. ‘This is why we ride and raise money’.

click for larger image