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Autumn bike tour of New England and Tweed Valley

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Mount Warning, northern NSW. Cycle Traveller

The Tweed Valley and the New England Tablelands in Northern NSW are what cycle touring dreams are made of. Quiet roads, stunning scenery, and lovely little towns make riding through here a delight to the senses.

This Autumn, a four day supported bike tour will wind its way through these two gorgeous regions raising funds for Australian Rotary Health and its research into Mental Health for Australians living in rural areas.

Leaving Tenterfield on Tuesday May 3, 2016, the ride will head north through the New England Tablelands, past the spectacular Bald Rock – the largest granite rock in Australia (it's big!) – over the Great Dividing Range, and east past the stunning Mount Lindesay and Mount Warning – both ancient volcano plugs – down to the Tweed River, reaching Murwillumbah on the afternoon of Friday 6 May, ready for the weekend.

There are also some interesting historical sites along the way, including the famous Tenterfield Saddlery which featured in Peter Allen's iconic song about his grandfather; bushranger Captain Thunderbolt's hideout, which rests among the beautiful granite boulders of the New England Tablelands; and the quaint Art Deco architecture of Kyogle.

The bike tour includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and a support vehicle to carry luggage. There are also some lovely camping spots, including the Aloomba Lavender Farm at Liston. Participants must bring along their own tent. Optional transport at Murwillumbah back to Tenterfield is available.

The ride is predominantly on sealed secondary roads although there are some gravel sections.

Day 1: Tenterfield to Liston – 66km
Day 2: Liston to Woodenbong – 83km
Day 3: Woodenbong to Kyogle – 60km
Day 4: Kyogle to Murwillumbah – 67km

Online registrations are open until March 9, 2016. Entry is $550 per person, covering camping and catering costs with a guaranteed $200 from each fee donated to support Australian Rotary Health for research into Mental Health. All riders will also receive a commemorative cycling jersey.

More information about the tour as well as online registrations can be found on the Tenterfield to Murwillumbah Ride's website.



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