Tour the Tarkine

Rodney Marthick will join a group of 100 riders through the Battlescars Foundation’s Tour the Tarkine charity event this weekend. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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Cycling. The Battlescars Foundation Tasmania will navigate the twists and turns of the north west this weekend for its Tour the Tarkine.

Smithton cyclist Rodney Marthick will return to the road to take part in the charity event.

Following a hairy situation with a hare earlier this year, Marthick was out of action for six weeks but has steadily trained to regain his fitness.

Now averaging 250 kilometres a week, the 151 kilometre event will be a challenge for Marthick and fellow riders taking part.

Leaving from Tall Timbers at 8.30am, cyclists will ride through Edith Creek, Roger River, Couta Rocks, Arthur River, Marrawah and Redpa before returning to Smithton.

Marthick, a veteran cyclist, urged fellow road users to have patience throughout the event which will see five groups of riders depart at half-hour intervals.

“We shouldn’t have too much trouble through Scotchtown but it is coming back along the highway and into town where everyone will need to be careful,” he said. “Just be patient and wait for a clear path.”

Support vehicles will also be on the scene to direct drivers.

The event will be the fourth Battlescars Foundation feature Marthick has taken part in, which this year is raising funds for three Tasmanian families.

“I just love it,” he says.

“You do have to be mentally and physically prepared, I’ve ridden the course before so I know what to expect – familiarity plays a big part of the physical challenges you face.

“But it is such a good group of people to be involved with, I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Tour the Tarkine is on this Saturday (May 19). The ride will commence at 8.30am at Tall Timbers and riders are expected to return by 4.30pm. A dinner and auction will follow. For more information or to stay up to date follow the Battlescars Tour the Tarkine event on Facebook.

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