We are pleased to report that an astounding $650,000+ has been raised for Royal Far West as a result of Ride for Country Kids 2017.
This year over 100 riders embarked on a 420km, 3 day cycle ride from Wagga Wagga to Orange to raise funds that will enable Royal Far West to provide healthcare to children in rural Australia.
Riders endured a range of weather across the 3 days. Day 1 was a sunny 35+ degree day with strong side on winds for riders to contend with. Starting the ride at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, riders rode the 90km to Gundagai where the local RSL welcomed us for lunch. Back on the bike after a well deserved lunch, our riders tackled the remaining 65km into Cootamundra to finish the day. This was the longest day for our riders to tackle with 155km and 1385vm elevations to start of this spectacular 3 day ride.
Day 2 saw a very different weather pattern hit our team. With a maximum temperature of 16 degrees and constant rain, our riders put in a mammoth effort to ride from Cootamundra into Young. Students from both Young Public School and Young High School lined the streets to give our riders high fives and huge cheers as they rode into morning tea. After a warming cup of coffee and a bite to eat, our riders hit the road for what was going to be a very tough ride into Greenthorpe due to the weather following our pelotons. The rain did not ease at all along the 41kms into Greenthorpe and the temperature dropped meaning we had some very cold riders as they rode into the local Primary School. The spirits of the 12 children at this school certainly lifted our riders and after a lovely cup of tomato soup and a delicious lunch, they were back on the road for the final 37kms into Cowra.
Riders woke to a beautiful day 3 with stunning scenery and perfect conditions riding into morning tea at St Edwards school in Canowindra. The students and staff welcomed our team with open arms and riders had a brilliant time answering questions, giving students a ride on their bikes and playing handball in the playground. The Country Women’s Association put on a delicious spread of morning tea which energised our riders for the final push into Orange. We had a change in winds in the afternoon meaning our riders not only had huge hills to tackle riding into Orange but also head on winds to contend with. All riders were very happy to complete the final 76kms into Orange with a very special lunch provided by an ex client of Royal Far West and his hospitality class from Orange High School.
All riders completed the 420km safely and had alot to celebrate on the final evening.
From all at FDC, congratulations to all riders, organisers and support teams. As major partners of this great event, we are proud to have helped deliver the 2017 ride and to have contributed to the combined tally of $1.8M the Ride for Country Kids has raised over the past 4 years.
See you next year…