Deadly treadlers do it again
Wednesday, 10th August, 2011
A cycling crew has recently finished a 13-day ride in which they covered almost 900 kilometres.
For 15 years the Silver City Treadlers, founded by Broken Hill local June Files, have undertaken rides around Australia to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
This year 47 cyclists and a 14-man support crew tackled the “Merino Dare”.
It was called this because the riders passed through Willandra National Park which was once an enormous sheep station.
They started in Cobar on Sunday, July 24 and rode through Mount Hope, Willandra National Park, Ivanhoe and a number of sheep and cattle stations before returning to Cobar last Friday.
Ms Files said it was all “fantastic”.
She said the weather was kind with a “little shower” at Ivanhoe where the Treadlers also enjoyed a Christmas in July dinner at the club.
“We doubled the membership and boosted the finances for the RSL Club,” Ms Files said.
“All of the station owners enjoyed our company and Willandra National Park was an interesting area.
“Some of the roads were testing with sandy areas and on our last day into Cobar we had a head wind to finish the ride.”
Ms Files said everyone seemed to enjoy the 891 kilometre ride.
“The stars at night were fantastic, which our city friends cannot believe, along with the sunrises and sunsets. Many photos were taken,” she said.
“It is a ride, not a race. Our youngest was a 36-year-old and the oldest was 80 year old. There’s a couple cycling back to Canberra and also a couple from Shepparton heading for Bourke to cycle along the Darling River.”
The Silver City Treadlers have raised more than $328,000 for the Flying Doctor over the years. This year’s fundraising has yet to be counted.
“We will not know the amount raised until end of September but there was a great auction night at Mount Hope village. I know we raised $1700.00,” Ms Files said.
The Silver City Treadlers have also started planning next year’s ride.
“Next year we will be commencing from Broken Hill, heading north,” Ms Files said.
Anyone who would still like to support the Treadlers can log on to Everyday Hero at www.everydayhero.com.au/silver_city_bush_treadlers_2011.