The Tour de Rocks has seen intrepid participants cycle from Armidale to South West Rocks each year since 2010, all in aid of riding, engaging and inspiring communities to cure cancer. Co-Chair of Tour de Cure, Kay Endres has ridden in the event every year, and encourages everyone to become involved! This year’s event is set to take place from April 11th – 13th.
Hi Kay. What’s your role with the Tour de Rocks, and how many years have you been involved with the event?
My role with Tour De Rocks is Co-Chair with David Boundy and John Sewell.
I’ve been involved with Tour de Rocks since it first started in 2010. I’ve ridden it every year – this will be the eighth year, and my second year as Co-Chair.
Since the Tour de Rocks began, how has the event evolved?
The event has changed only minimally over the last eight years. We started the ride out along the Waterfall Way, but we had too many riders, so we decided to change the route. Now we go out on Rockvale Road, were the traffic isn’t so heavy, and turn on to Chandler Road.
We have also changed the second day from Bellbrook to Willawarrin – we try to stay off the main roads as much as we can.
How much money has the Tour raised for cancer research over the years?
Since the first ride, we have raised over $1.5 million dollars for cancer research awareness and to find a cure for cancer.
When is the event set to take place this year – and please tell us a little about the proposed course.
The date for this year’s ride is Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th April.
The route is the same as last year’s and takes us from Armidale to South West Rocks – around 254 km. Everyone seems really happy to get off the main roads!
How many people are you expecting to take part in the event this year?
We are expecting to get around 400 riders and supporters, which will be about the same as previous years.
How can locals help? Apart from riding on the day, are you also looking for volunteers?
We love for our local community to get involved! If people can’t ride or support the event, we have many hungry mouths to feed, so any donations of cakes and slices is greatly appreciated.
Why would you encourage people to become involved with the Tour de Rocks?
We certainly encourage people to get involved with our event. If you ride a bike and would like a doable challenge, it certainly is achievable.
If you can’t ride a bike, we always need people to support our riders. It is certainly an event where you can get fit, be healthy and be happy!
There are some great raffle prizes on offer this year too! What are they?
There’s a major prize of a 10 day, nine night Classic Kenya trip, donated by Bench Africa.
Other prizes include a $500 voucher from New England Travel, a Giant bike and two nights’ accommodation at Sunshine Resort, South West Rocks.
Who are the major sponsors of this year’s Tour?
We thank our major sponsors: The Armidale School, Armidale SerVies, and Bayer.
Where can we find out more info or register for the event?
To find out more about Tour De Rocks, go to our website: www.tourderocks.com.au
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