About RideWest

For cyclists and sponsors who care to give and enjoy a challenge!

If a challenging 1300km bike ride over 8 days, across terrain that personifies outback Queensland, meanders through remote local towns, brings you in touch with personalities at the heart of Australia’s community culture, strikes a chord with you, then RideWest is sure to reward.

Welcome to RideWest – a boutique charity bike ride that aims to raise funds and help raise the awareness of mental health issues in regional Australia.

In a Peleton of 30-40 riders, the true reward is in sharing this experience with like-minded people who:

  • Love to ride
  • Value giving back
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of a team
  • Are passionate about experiencing life and travel (particularly on a bike!)
  • Love to challenge themselves

Hear what rider Simon Southwell, who completed the first three RideWest’s, has to say about the ride experience:

Dear Les & Shelley

Having been involved in the 2010, 2012 & 2014 RideWest rides, I wanted to congratulate you both for pulling together an amazing event.  I feel very honoured to be a part of this event both in supporting the fantastic work the RFDS is doing, and partaking in a sport I love with other like- minded “athletes”.

Having been involved in many group based rides, I can say without reservation that the organisation and management of this event is second to none and I can only imagine is as close to living the life of a pro cyclist that I am ever going to get (even if only for a week!)

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this awesome event.



The Challenge…

RideWest involves 30-40 bike riders from across a number of sponsoring corporate organisations and may also include 5 dedicated and passionate riders from a mix of boutique/entrepreneurial businesses.

To be eligible to participate, riders are all expected to raise minimum $5,000 (complementing any corporate sponsorship investment), undertake fitness/health checks and did we mention, train the many hundreds of km’s required to ensure you make it to the finish line?

Yes, it’s a challenge.

The type of personal challenge that reaches to the very heart of what RideWest is about – digging deep, working as a team and reaching out to support others – especially those who face a daily challenge with their mental health.

The Support:

The event is organised and managed by a steering group of volunteers including founders Les and Shelley Hancock, and current Director of the Charity John Sloman and his wife Petrea.

The 8 day ride event is a high quality, professionally managed event with bike riders being highly supported along the journey.  Professional staff including doctors, masseurs, bike mechanics and event support staff all ensure the ride is made as comfortable and as easy as possible for riders.

The only major focus for riders is to overcome the daily challenge of riding 100-200+ km’s across the rugged terrain that makes up this challenging event….all while being served an array of Australian food delights at the many stops along the way, having kit washed and bikes serviced for them daily…..and being treated like kings.

The Fun:

The week involves a lot of fun!

From the ride banter to the enjoyment of sharing a beer or two with mates in classic Outback pubs, and to the overall camaraderie that develops over the course of 8 days, RideWest is a highly enjoyable experience.