The Long Ride aims to raise awareness in the community of prostate cancer and men's health. Our first Long Ride was in 2007 supporting the Royal Flying Doctor's Service, with some 300 riders making the journey to Darwin and raising $50 000 along the way. Since then there have been seven more Long Ride's to Perth, Cairns, Sydney, Uluru, Margaret River and Tasmania, raising over half a million dollars along the way, but more importantly raising awareness of Prostate Cancer through the regional communities we travel through.
Start your own fundraising page for all donations at http://pcfafundraising.org.au/event/TheLongRide2020
The next Long Ride 2020 is to VICTOR HARBOUR SA, beginning on 12 October 2020 from all parts of Australia, see ride routes for more information.
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.