Gosnells Bowling Club hosts charity cycle tour riders

End of the road: Some of the Tour de Freedom 1000 riders at the Gosnells Bowling Club.
End of the road: Some of the Tour de Freedom 1000 riders at the Gosnells Bowling Club.

THE Tour de Freedom 1000 passed through the Gosnells Bowling Club on its last stop from the long journey of Esperance to Perth.

The tour is an annual charity cycle ride that raises money to support Teen Challenge WA. This year’s event was held from October 19 to 25.

Up to 40 riders and support crew left Esperance on the south coast of WA and snaked their way through WA’s Great Southern and South West regions finishing in Perth. The journey took six days and covered 1000km, with riders covering about 200km per day.

Club president Peter Charkiewicz and vice-president Rob Gibbons invited the riders and support crew to use the club facilities, where they enjoyed rest and a meal.

The tour is celebrating its seventh birthday. Participants had the opportunity to experience the remarkable countryside and hospitality in the Great Southern and South West of WA as well as complete in one of the hardest charity rides in Australia.

The tour was established in 2009 by bicycle enthusiast Kari Rummukainen in an effort to raise money and awareness for a cause he believed in – Teen Challenge WA.

Teen Challenge has been a successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation program all over the world.