Gear up for the Tour de Gorge
Pump up your tyres and gear up for the annual Tour de Gorge bike ride through the remarkable Pilliga Forest and Timmallallie National Park near Baradine on Saturday 2 September.
The Pilliga Forest is an iconic Australian landscape offering rugged beauty on a grand scale and Tour de Gorge riders get exclusive access to peddle through parts of the forest not often seen by the public.
National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) Manager, John Whittall said the tour has grown every year since it launched in 2013 and 50 riders took part in the challenge last year.
"Riders get the opportunity to take in the remarkable bush scenery on a 45km or 10km route and may even spot some of the park's wildlife, including turquoise parrots, emus and wallabies," Mr Whittall said.
"We also time the bike ride to coincide with the emergence of a myriad of stunning wildflowers.
"For those who prefer to tour on foot, it's still a great opportunity to come out to the park and enjoy the barbecue, various food stalls and take a walk around the Sculptures in the Scrub, while the riders have their adventure," Mr Whittall said.
The guided bike ride starts at 8.30am at the Dandry Gorge Aboriginal Area and riders should bring a bike in good working order, spare inner tubes, a helmet, snacks and plenty of water.
"Tour de Gorge is for the whole family; however, participants are usually at least 10 years old and have some bike riding experience," Mr Whittall said.
"Some parts can be a little steep and challenging, but people can take their time. We have a sweeper who picks up anyone who feels that they've had enough and there are two locations along the way to refill water bottles," Mr Whittall said.
Last year the event raised $500 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and this year the ride is supporting the MS Foundation.
Registration is required by 30 August and costs $25, which includes insurance. Email Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 6843 4011.