Sydney cyclists joined together in November to show their support for communities in NSW Central West that have been struck by the worst drought in over a decade.
‘Drought Ride’ organiser Shane Mattiske, grew up in Forbes and knows from family and friends the hardships rural communities are facing. Now a Sydney based sports consultant and media strategist, Shane teamed up with Joanne Palazzetti, Director of Turbo Studio, to put out the call to city cyclists about the plight in the bush, the event and fundraiser. They urged cycling mates to sign up sponsors, join in and use their pedal power to ride 380 kms in the Central West for two hot November days.
Planning began early this year, when Shane and Joanne consulted with local communities for advice on accommodation, food supplies and locations for ride breaks. The local CWA networks organised food and drinks as well as advice where best to stop, shop and stay throughout two big days of riding.