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Where: Glen Innes to Tamworth

When: 13th - 20th September 2024

Distance: Over 500 km in 8 days

Riders: 50+ riders each day

The Ride for the Chopper is about having fun, kicking your own goals, and raising money for your Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The 2024 Ride for the Chopper will be an 8 day, 7 night mountain bike ride which will have a full support crew including safety vehicles, bike trailers, catering crew and a very experienced team of Riders to guide and assist you on the adventure of a lifetime!

The 22nd Annual Ride for the Chopper will be travelling from Glen Innes back to Tamworth, taking in the spectacular New England North West region of New South Wales. There will be a local school visit along the way, awards, themed ride days, games and activities for all to enjoy.

Registrations close COB Friday 19th July or when fully booked. Strictly limited numbers of registrations will be accepted and no late registrations.

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New England / North West


Friday 13 September - Friday 20th September


 Over 500 km in 7 days


 50 riders each day


Friday 13th September

Coach Transport to Glen Innes – Departing 8am from Helicopter Base Tamworth. Once arrived in Glen Innes we will go for an afternoon ride around the local area, before a welcome dinner that night.  


Saturday 14th September

Join us on a day ride to the South East of Glen Innes, taking in the sites of the Mann River, Red Range and Mt Slow.  


Sunday 15th September

Today we head West of Glen Innes through Strathbogie and Wellingrove, before arriving in Inverell for the evening.  


Monday 16th September

Heading North West today we will ride over some spectacular country as we make our way to Warialda.  


Tuesday 17th September

Today we move South from Warialda to Bingara, stopping in at Myall Creek on the way.  


Wednesday 18th September

We will start our day on a coach, heading to Glen Riddle Recreation Reserve, before riding along the Linton Nature Reserve and past Split Rock Dam into Manilla - our base for the next two nights.


Thursday 19th September

We will have a magical day ride around Manilla, taking in some beautiful tablelands country, before celebrating in the evening with our Presentation dinner.


Friday 20th September

Our final day on the 2024 Ride for the Chopper.  We leave Manilla and travel South East back to Tamworth, finishing at our unofficial HQ the Calala Inn.  

Riders fee

Each 7-day rider is asked to pay a ride fee that covers the following:

  • All meals including breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners
  • All accommodation at approved venues.
  • Support vehicles and support team
  • 2x 2024 RFTC Ride Jerseys & a polo shirt

TOTAL COST $950.00 pp + $600 fundraising minimum


Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $600. Fundraising can be done via:

  • Your own fundraising page
  • Selling or purchasing one of the sponsorship packages
  • A personal donation
  • Holding your own event
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Create your own polo shirt and sell logo positions to corporate companies
  • Come up with your own fundraising ideas!

Weekend/Mid Ride & Fundraising Options Also Available

For more information please contact Jeff Galbraith on 02 6764 9400