This year's 9th annual Tour de Rocks has wound its way down the mountain and found its way out into South West Rocks. This year's tour saw 380 riders and 120 supporters set off from Armidale Ex Services Club at 7am on Thursday, April 11.
At The Junction we fed 500 people in an hour ...Kaye Andres
As usual the riders, volunteer support staff and everyone associated with the event were looked after extremely well, leaving organiser Kaye Andres feeling extremely good.
"It was very successful. We got down the hill just with a few minor incidences," Kaye said.
"More than enough food. The donations of the cakes and slices was amazing from the town community, and out of town support from Coffs Harbour and Central Coast were brilliant. They brought a heap of cooking up. So, we fed all the hungry riders.
"At The Junction we fed 500 people in an hour, and I don't think many restaurants could do that.
Kaye said they were left without a water truck on Wednesday morning when the truck from Kempsey did not arrive, which threatened to put a stop to the whole ride.
"A wonderful local guy, Ric Nelson, he pulled out all stops and provided us with a 7000 litre water tank. It does take that much water to run the ride," she said.
"And just a couple of interesting characters on the ride; Kevin Hill raised over $25,000 selling raffle tickets, and we've had Ziggy Hiscocks, a local plumber in town, pledged he would ride over 3000 kilometres in three months, and did it, and raised just over $5500 with people sponsoring him."