It is with Heavy Hearts that Chris and I have decided to CANCELTHE LONG
We feel the situation in Victoria – NSW - QLD at present is
not worth destroying the reputation of the Long Ride, as we cannot guarantee
that one of the riders would not test positive to COVID19, thus running the
risk of spreading the Virus throughout Australia.
As soon as the situation with Covid19 is under control we
will look at rescheduling the Long Ride in 2021.
We will be holding all Registrations and Payments until the 2021 ride. If you would you would refer a refund please provide Bank Details
ALL ACCOMMODATION BOOKINGS WILL BE CANCELLED TODAY (if you receive any charges on your credit card please let me know and I will try to have these all cancelled)
STATE DELEGATES - will be in contact with state riders to advise if they are going to try to hold a small state ride. Hopefully NT – WA – SA will be able to ride. We know some of the riders are doing it tough at this time and need to ride for their own mental health and wellbeing.
Both Chris and I thank you for your support over the previous rides and hopefully we will be all together in 2021. God willing.
LOVE YOU ALL
THE LONG RIDE 2020 TO VICTOR HARBOR HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
A smaller ride, the trip to Perth, WA, saw approximately 270 involved, 33 who rode all the way, raising some $20,000. Travelling across the Nullarbor was the highlight of this ride and staying at Madura Pass cemented it as a must do again for a later date.
In 2010, the Long Ride has become the biggest event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. This time there were 277 registered riders with an estimated 60 additional riders riding all the way to Darwin. With approximately 347 riders in the Long Ride 2010, we raised over $209,000.00. As the Long Ride regrouped at Coolalinga for the entry into Darwin, there were over 450 motorcycles lined up to ride into history.
The ride to Cairns raised over $180,000 and the number of registered riders was 307 people. Riding from all parts of Australia and meeting up with all riders in Longreach we again became a family of riders roaring through the wide open lands, paddocks and hills to emerge west of Townsville from Hughenden and rode down from Port Douglass along the coastal road to Cairns. A majestic ride where all riders began to understand the freedom of riding a motorcycle through this wonderful country.
In 2014 we rode to Uluru from all parts of Australia with riders from Germany, the USA and Hong Kong. All up there was over 457 riders who all had a wonderful time. We explored many places only ever read about. To travel from the city and then to cross deserts, and salt lakes, malley scrub and mountains is a feat not to be missed. To do so in the company of great people is a bonus.
457 riders rode across the Nullarbor to Margaret River. The ride across the Nullarbor is one of the most emotional and insightful rides that a motorcyclist could ever do. The Nullarbor has a unique place in Australian folklore and with the Ranges on the right and the Ocean on your left, travelling across on a motorbike can make you feel part of your country and help you see things clearly.
Riders from all around the mainland congregated at Port of Melbourne to catch the Spirit of Tasmania to Devonport. Riding off the ferry in Devonport, then towards Burnie and you quickly come to understand the beauty of Tasmania. All along the coast, the road continues to serve up such beautiful scenery that you are constantly tempted to stop and take photographs. The rest of the ride did not disappoint as we journeyed towards Stanley, Strahan, Queenstown, Bothwell, Hobart, Coles Bay, Wine Glass Bay, Bicheno, St Helens, Scottsdale , then Launceston before finally making our way back Devenport - all the time experiencing the hospitality of those communities. The 10 days it took us did not give us time to look at scenario, take the photo's, enjoy the coffee or sample the wines and whiskey's that were available, not to mention the amazing roads for bike riding!
The 2019 Long Ride to Darwin and Broome again saw riders from all over Australia. While the major component of the ride was up the East coast, formally starting in Narrabri, those from SA, WA and the NT joined us in different locations, but we finally all came together in Katherine. Along the way we travelled through rural and regional Australia, stopping in some quintessential Australian outback locations like Barcaldine, Winton, Mt Isa and Katherine. While the ride raised over a quater of a million dollars, more importantly we raised awareness of Prostate Cancer and for those on the ride made more lifelong freinds.