About the Ride

The 2022 Ride

From 22 to 24 May, we’ll be pedalling over 430km from Australia's country music capital Tamworth across the stunning New England region to Glen Innes, with stops in Armidale and Inverell.

The 2022 Ride is set to be absolutely breathtaking; with golden guitars, lush rolling hills and everything in between, you’ll experience a real taste of country hospitality amidst the stunning scenery of North Western NSW.

The Route:

Day 1: Tamworth (Bendemeer) to Armidale via Walcha & Uralla (145km / 1800m elevation)

Day 2: Armidale to Inverell via Bundarra & Copeton Dam (155km / 1670m elevation)

Day 3: Inverell to Glen Innes (Deepwater) via Emmaville (134km / 1750m elevation)

Note: Riders and bikes will be transported to and from the start and finish locations of Bendemeer and Deepwater.

Registration for the 2022 Ride for Country Kids is $1,500 per rider. Your registration fee includes all meals, accommodation (Saturday 21 - Tuesday 24 inclusive), rider kit etc.

Fundraising Commitment:
The Ride is a great physical challenge and we ask our riders to not only go the distance to raise awareness, but to also raise vital funds. In 2021, our amazing riders raised an average of $4,785 each, all to help country kids learn, grow and thrive. The minimum fundraising commitment for the 2022 Ride for Country Kids is $3,500 per rider. We'll help you along the way with fundraising resources and support.

Event Sanctioning & Insurance:
This event has been sanctioned by and is insured through AusCycling. A condition of the event insurance and sanctioning is that all participants in have valid AusCycling membership for the duration of the 2022 Ride for Country Kids. Monthly membership starts at $9 and all participants must provide their AusCycling membership number prior to the event on 22 May 2022.

Why ride?

For children in rural and remote communities, the coupling of existing disadvantage with the impact of recent disasters has seen a drastic increase in the number of children needing developmental and mental health services. For these kids, a positive trajectory in life can be at risk if they can't access the health services and support they need.

In 2022, the Ride for Country Kids aims to raise $300,000 to connect country kids to the critical assessments, services and support they need to thrive.

This May, we're riding to raise vital funds to ensure no country child is needlessly left behind.

Our Ride story

Each year for the past eight years, a growing number of cyclists have joined us to ride for the health and wellbeing of Australia's country kids.

Whether you're joining us for your eighth tour or your first, we're deeply grateful for your passion and commitment, and for the care you show country kids.

Here’s where we’ve been so far:

  • 2021: Dubbo to Cobar
  • 2019: Albury to Lake Cargelligo
  • 2018: Lightning Ridge to Bourke
  • 2017: Wagga Wagga to Orange
  • 2016: Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour
  • 2015: Moree to Tamworth
  • 2014: Dubbo to Wagga Wagga

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