About the Ride

The 2024 Ride

From 17 to 19 March, we’ll be pedalling through NSW South Coast.

Beginning in Merimbula and finishing in Cobargo we will ride from "Coast to Country". Riders will enjoy breathtaking forests, farmland, beautiful coast line and little hamlets and national parks whilst meeting some of the wonderful communities Royal Far West serves. 

The 2024 Ride is set to be an absolutely cracker, with amazing scenery, wonderful communities and a few little hills along the way.

The Route:

  • Day 1: Merimbula to Merimbula (circle) via Eden
  • Day 2: Merimbula to Merimbula (circle) via Bega
  • Day 3: Merimbula to Cobargo via Tathra

    Check out the full Route here

Up for the challenge but hesitant about the distance or elevation? 

We're here every step of the way to make sure you have a fun, memorable and – most importantly of all – safe Ride.  

Kent Williams from Entoure, our long-time Ride for Country Kids partner, shares more about how we will strategically and reactively adapt the route to suit riders in the three pelotons in our Ride Preparation Page. 

You'll have options on each of the three days of the Ride, meaning that anyone who wants to give this year's Coast to Country trail a go, can absolutely succeed. 

Ride fees

Registration for the 2024 Ride for Country Kids is $1,750 per rider. Your registration fee includes riders kit, all meals and accommodation (Saturday 16 - Tuesday 19 March inclusive). Registration fees also include the provision of all logistics, safety and medical support.

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. The minimum fundraising commitment for the 2024 Ride for Country Kids is $4,000 per rider. We'll help you along the way with fundraising resources and support. In 2022, our amazing riders each raised an average of $6,259, all to help country kids learn, grow and thrive.

Event Sanctioning & Insurance:
This event will be sanctioned by and insured through AusCycling. A condition of the event insurance and sanctioning is that all participants have valid AusCycling membership for the duration of the 2024 Ride for Country Kids. Monthly membership starts at $9 and all participants must provide their AusCycling membership number prior to the event on 17 March 2024.

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 2024, the Ride for Country Kids aims to raise $600,000 to connect country kids to the critical assessments, services and support they need to thrive.

We're riding to raise vital funds to ensure no country child is needlessly left behind.

Our Ride story

Each year a growing number of cyclists join us to ride for the health and wellbeing of Australia's country kids.

Whether you're joining us for your ninth 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:

  • 2023: Cooma to Lake Hume Village
  • 2022: Tamworth to Glen Innes
  • 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
Map showing locations of rides over the years

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