What are ride entry & fundraising requirements?

All riders must pay an Entry Fee of $50. .

The rider entry fee includes 

  • Post ride lunch
  • Roving bike mechanic
  • Celebration BBQ at Ignatius Park College post ride
  • Wear your TCBR jersey from a previous ride. To keep costs low, we will not have ride jerseys for RIDE TO THE ROCK.
  • Drink Stations along the way to refill your water bottle
  • Self-supported

There is no minimum fundraising requirement for 'Ride to the Rock' however commitment to curing kids with cancer has not changed

Am I insured?

No, the Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride does not insure riders for injury or damage to bicycles. Accordingly, it is strongly recommended that all individuals look to make their own arrangements for such insurance.

One convenient way of doing this is take out membership with one of the State Cycling Organisations (i.e. Bicycling Qld, Bicycle Victoria, Bicycle SA) that provide insurance within their membership.

These memberships usually include insurance that will cover you for everyday riding (i.e. your own training rides, training rides, riding to work), including organised rides but do not generally cover racing of any sort.

There are separate race dedicated club memberships available if you wish to include riding in races.

Some of the considerations you might want to take into account when looking at memberships are:

  • Personal accident insurance if you have an accident while cycling

  • Third party and third party property insurance

  • Comprehensive Public Liability Insurance

  • Free legal assistance

  • Covers you for your State or Australia and in particular Queensland

  • Family membership/Individual/Racing etc

  • Travel insurance

For insurance of your bicycle you can either, contact your Insurance Company and ask what type of insurance they provide reference bicycles or you can often go through a third party when applying for membership from whichever organisation you decide to join.

How do I stay safe?

  • Always do the ABC before riding your bike.

    • Check there is AIR in the tyres.

    • Check that both BRAKES work well.

    • Check the overall CONDITION of the bicycle.

  • Always wear a HELMET (it’s the law), have front, rear, and pedal reflectors (it’s the law) and a bell/warning device on your bike (it’s the law).

  • Get your bicycle serviced regularly by a professional leading bike shop.

  • Always be courteous and considerate to all others that use our motorways.

  • Wear clothes that stand out and are bright in colour. Motorists DO NOT see cyclists.

  • Make sure that you can maintain the speed of others in your group.

  • Try to carry at least one spare tube, repair kit, tire levers, pump and some change for a phone call. Mobile phones don’t work everywhere.

  • Always carry more than enough water with you and ensure that you constantly sip while riding along. Don’t wait for a break to drink.

  • Always carry some food to nibble on. Remember you are burning energy and it needs to be replaced. Energy bars and fruit are the best.

  • Slip, Slop, Slap, Slam (sunglasses).

  • Maximum of 2 riders abreast when times permit. All other times riders should be in. SINGLE FILE. Always think SAFETY FIRST Double lines/bridge SINGLE FILE.

  • When riding in groups be considerate of others:

    • Keep your line don’t wander too much.

    • Call out and point if you see a hazard. eg. Hole, bump, railway crossing.

    • Call out if the group ahead of you slows down or speeds up.

    • Signal if you are turning left or right.

    • If you are at the front of the group and the light turns green, remember that the riders at the of the group may not make it through before the light changes.

    • Likewise, if you are at the end of a group, remember to keep close and try to get through the lights before they change.

    • Talk to others while riding but maintain your concentration. Don’t be distracted!

    • Stay inside the white line at all times where possible.

    • When stopping, make sure that you get off the road and out of the way.

    • If the speed is too fast and you are falling back, make sure that the message is passed up the line to the front rider.

    • Listen to the direction of more experienced riders 

    • Always maintain a safe distance between you and other riders.

This is a ride NOT a race. Encouragement to all others less capable is welcomed.

What do I bring?


  • Sunscreen

  • Spare tubes and tool kit (you may also like to bring a bike lock)

  • Spending money for Coffee

  • Happy, outgoing personality and PATIENCE

  • Tool kit – puncture repair, tyre levers, spare tube and pump

How far do we ride?

BOULDER – 150km from Ignatius Park College to The Rock, return

COBBLE – 100km from Ignatius Park College to Herveys Range Control Station, return

PEBBLE  – 75km from Ignatius Park College to Tea Rooms, return

Is this ride supported?

No, it is self-supported.

You are responsible for yourself.

When does registration open for the ride?

Registration opens online, Thursday 13 May.

What time does Ride to the Rock start?

Staggered start times with 6am for the BOULDER and 630am COBBLE & PEBBLE.

Can I register on the day?

No, registrations must be done via the website before cut off. Registrations will not be permitted on the day.

Where does the ride start?

This year the ride starts and finishes at Ignatius Park College, Ross River Road.

Do I need to study the maps and know the route by memory?

No, there will be many others riding with you along with corner marshals and signage to guide you along the way. All riders start and finish at the same spot.

If event gets cancelled due to changes in Covid Levels/Restriction, will I receive a refund?

In the event this occurs, no refunds will be given.

Do you need Volunteers?

YES, we need you! Marshals, Water Station attendants, Lead Cyclists, Tail End Charlies....interested? Email info@tcbr.org.au

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