Pumping up for charity ride to NT border

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Cyclists make a 204km journey west from Mount Isa to the Northern Territory border.
REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Cyclists make a 204km journey west from Mount Isa to the Northern Territory border.

FROM what was originally planned as a one-off event, the now annual Border Ride is set to return for its eleventh year.

Border Ride treasurer Sue Wicks said they are expecting at least 150 riders to take to the Barkly Highway on August 4.

“It is an opportunity to get out and get active,” Ms Wicks said.

“It is a chance to see bush in a unique way in a safe environment and riders know they are supporting local causes.”

The Border Ride is a charity event from which proceeds from registrations go directly to those in need in Mount Isa and surrounding districts.

Cyclists make a 204km journey west from Mount Isa to the Northern Territory border. 

Organisers are anticipating the biggest ever Border Ride, a remarkable rise considering the first was originally scheduled as merely a training ride.

BORDER PATROL: Camooweal Police Sergeant Amit Singh and Acting Senior Constable Adrian Solah congratulated last year's winner, Wayne Sanchez. Photo: QPS

BORDER PATROL: Camooweal Police Sergeant Amit Singh and Acting Senior Constable Adrian Solah congratulated last year's winner, Wayne Sanchez. Photo: QPS

In 2008 Frank Long suggested a few keen cyclists get together for a practice session to the Northern Territory border. 

Considering the lengthy distance, event president Steve Carson believed riders should gain sponsorship and donate monies raised to worthy charities. 

Four months later, 83 cyclists took to the Mount Isa Civic Centre to set off on their journey in front of a wealth of support. 

Realising that the 200km distance would be very restrictive to the average weekend cyclists, the highly popular teams' division was formed. 

Teams can have as many numbers as they like and can vary from as little as two, to as many as 22.

Registrations are open now and cost $100 per rider.