Postie riders raise $93,000

TAKE-OFF: Participants in the 2018 Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride commenced their four-day journey on Yon Street on Thursday morning, August 2.
TAKE-OFF: Participants in the 2018 Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride commenced their four-day journey on Yon Street on Thursday morning, August 2.

More than 70 riders revved their Honda CT110 Postie Bikes through the Flinders Ranges for the 2018 Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride, raising $93,000 for families affected by cancer.

The 73 riders were joined by a support crew of 18, departing Port Augusta on Thursday morning, August 2, before returning on Sunday.

Established in 2007, the event has raised a grand total of $938,000 over 11 years for the Apex Copper Coast Retreats.

Postie Bike Ride Founder Greg Kipling is confident the event will surpass the $1 million mark next year.

He said it was an excellent weekend, with the weather gods producing relatively favourable conditions. 

“We got some rain Thursday night, so it was a bit slippery and wet on Friday on the outback tracks,” Mr Kipling said.

“But that pretty well dried off by Saturday, which was pretty good.”

Such is the nature of riding a postie bike through difficult outback roads, it wouldn’t be a Postie Bike Ride without a few hiccups along the way.

“There were a couple of small injuries. One lad broke his arm, another dislocated his shoulder, but they were both okay and in pretty good spirits,” Mr Kipling said.

“There were a few bumps and bruises, but other than that, everyone got home alright.”

Riders based themselves at the Angorichina Tourist Village on the Thursday night, before travelling through gorges and stations throughout the Flinders Ranges.

The event first commenced as a ride involving just seven friends, but now attracts participants from all over the state and country.

Postie Bike Ride Event Coordinator Dale Sawley said it’s the quirky nature of the event that has entrants coming back each year.

“Because it’s so crazy, and postie bikes just should not go where we take them, it just took off, and the guys on the ride just have this common sense of purpose,” she said.

“The challenge of riding a postie bike comes back to skill and technique because momentum is your best friend on a postie.”

With the $1M total firmly in their sights, Mr Kipling said riders were already raring to go for the 2019 edition.

“It was another successful year and no doubt everybody is a bit tired after the weekend, but they’ll all be keen as mustard and ready to go for next year,” he said.

It was another successful year and no doubt everybody is a bit tired after the weekend.

Postie Bike Ride Founder Greg Kipling