Billed as the Bucket List Ride of a Lifetime, the Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is one of the most fun butt-busting ways to explore the Savannah Way and Cape York. As the mountain bikers (known as Dirty Boys – ladies don’t let the name put you off, almost half the Dirty Boys are females) extract the dust from their ears and road riders (known as Rugged Roadies) anoint their calloused bottoms, please enjoy some of the best moments from this epic bike ride crossing Tropical North Queensland.
Supporting the Cairns School of Distance Education amongst other schools and organisations, the heart of the ride revolves around remote communities along the route between Cairns and Karumba. Funds raised are used to assist bush kids with their education and sporting needs – not bad for a bunch of lycra-clad lads and ladies!
Get on your bike!
While community assistance is the main reason the ride exists, for most it’s about the rare opportunity to ride with a full support crew from the Coral Sea to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Few experiences can compare with seven days cycling across Cape York! A contingent of much-loved supporters and volunteers make up the rest of the convoy, keeping riders fed, watered, cleaned, medicated and entertained as the ride progresses westwards. Along the way local communities roll out the welcome mat, creating an energetic buzz as thirsty riders roll into town.
The ride in numbers
- 114 Road Riders riding 780km
- 52 Dirty Boys riding approx. 500km
- 18 Support Personnel
- 77 Volunteers
- Funds raised to date: almost $100,000
- Youngest rider: 14 year old Samuel Carmody
- Oldest rider: 79 year old Ian Jackson (Pack 4 Leader)
Join the ride in 2016
Check out some of the best moments from the 2015 ride in the photos below. Are you interested in joining in next year? Keep an eye on the Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride website for registration details. Dates for 2016 are 25 June to 1 July.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve cycled in Tropical North Queensland – we’d love to hear about your experience!