Sore and exhausted riders, punctures and some minor injuries were a small price to pay for a massive fund-raising event, according to founder and tour spokesperson Matthew Dickerson.
The Tour rolled into Bourke on Wednesday night from Brewarrina, completing one of the most arduous stretches of the 1100-kilometre cycling marathon which raises funds for the Macquarie Home Stay in Dubbo.
Matthew said a crosswind kept the riders working hard for the entire 100 kilometre stretch from Brewarrina, but the effort was worth it as the riders made their way into town.
“The event at the Port of Bourke hotel was fantastic, raising more than five and a half thousand dollars for the Macquarie Home Stay,” Matthew said.
Read more in the printed edition of the Western Herald.
The Tour de OROC riders being welcomed to Bourke after a long ride from Brewarrina last Wednesday – back row l-r: Lachlan Burrows, Paul Loxley, Barry Brebner, Ross Earl, Denis Sheridan, Andrew Graham, Nina Dowling (Ride Captain), Mathew Dickerson, Iain McGregor, Peter Singh, Tony Geraghty and Ashley Wielinga. Front: Jules Macken, Geoff Yeo, Ashley Myles, Barry Hollman, David Fleming, Pamela Dickerson and Norman Rydge Photo TWH