Tour de Rocks riders prepare to take off

12th Apr 2023

Guyra cyclists are preparing for one of their biggest events of the year. They will take part in the annual Tour de Rocks ride, raising money for cancer research.
The event began in 2010, when Jonathon Wheeler organised the ride as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. He took nine riders to South West Rocks and the Tour was born. It has continued to grow with nearly $2 million of fundraising since its inception.
The ride was unable to go ahead in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, staging a comeback in 2022 with more than 400 riders participating. Due to extended wet weather causing havoc along the usual route, the ride followedon an alternate course across the local region.
The alternate route will continue to be in use for the next few years due to the closure of the Armidale to Kempsey Road.
The ride will once again take in the sights around Armidale, Wollomombi and Guyra. The tour of the high country is just as challenging for the riders, and means they can fulfil their main aim of raising much-needed funds for cancer research.
The Tour de Rocks will start on April 20th and finish on April 22nd with riders going from Armidale to Wollomombi and Jeogla Station on the first day, Wollomombi to Guyra Showground on the second day and the final day will see riders travel along Boorolong Road back to Bellevue Oval at the University of New England where they finish.
Among the contingent of riders and support crew will be a team of Guyra locals who are hoping to see the local community come out and support them during the ride, and also during their stopover at the Guyra Showground.