The ride is a challenge. It is about digging deep, working as a team and reaching out to support each other.
ABOUT THE RIDE.
The ride is a challenge. It is about digging deep, working as a team and reaching out to support each other. The ride is 1,311kms across 8 days. In a peleton, this equates to about 6 - 8 hours riding every day.
Traveling from Brisbane to Longreach through terrain that personifies outback Queensland, stopping in remote local towns, it brings the RideWest team into the heart of regional Queensland where we are embraced by the community culture.
RideWest takes place in April every second year. Our next ride will be 19-26 April 2024.
The ride will depart Brisbane (Amberley) on Friday 19th April 2024 and arrive
in Longreach on Friday 26th April. Riders will then have the option to spend
the weekend enjoying Longreach’s hospitality or departing back to Brisbane
on Saturday 27th April. Itinerary as follows:
Friday 19th April Arrive Oakey
Saturday 20th April Arrive Chinchilla
Sunday 21st April Arrive Roma
Monday 22nd April Arrive Mitchell
Tuesday 23rd April Arrive Charleville
Wednesday 24th April Arrive Augathella
Thursday 25th April Arrive Blackall
Friday 26th April Arrive Longreach
Saturday 27th/Sunday 28th April Return to Brisbane
We are currently accepting riders on a waitlist for 2024. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact us.
Up to 40 riders in the peleton
Fully escorted ride. Police escorts on day one, and fully piloted the entire trip
Team of approximately 12 support staff
Medic in escort vehicle immediately behind riders, with
on board defibulator and full Royal Flying Doctors Service
medicine chest and satellite phone
Full radio contact between ride leaders and support
All meals and shared accommodation for the week
Return flights to Brisbane
2 full riding kits
Fruit, snacks and other ride consumables
Hydralyte & bottled drinking water
How difficult is the ride?
The ride is a challenge. Its about digging deep, working as a team and reaching out to support each other. The ride is approximately 170 – 220kms each day, for 8 days. In a peleton, this equates to about 6 – 8 hours riding every day. It is physically very taxing and a great challenge, however that is what makes it so rewarding when you pedal those last couple of hours into Longreach.
How much training will I need to do?
To be able to complete the ride you will need to do at least 4 months training, with 3 rides per week including 1 longer ride on a weekend. A dedicated training program will be provided, which can either be completed in your own time or you can join in on group rides.
What will I get out of doing the ride?
From the ride banter, to the enjoyment of sharing a beer or two in a classic outback pub, the camaraderie that develops over the course of 8 days makes RideWest a once in a lifetime opportunity. You’ll make friends for life and reach personal fitness goals.
Would you do it again?
We have a number of riders that have completed the ride several times and commit to returning again next year. Although it is tough, the sense of accomplishment and the memories made, keep our riders coming back for more.