THE Elvis ride was rained out yesterday but 40 cyclists will roll back out on their bikes today for the charity ride to Tamworth.
The Westpac rescue chopper ride of 700 kilometres from Parkes, the home of the Elvis music festival, to the Country Music Capital was forced off-road in more ways than one after torrential rain at Peak Hill late Sunday and more rain yesterday.
Rescue service co-ordinator Barry Walton took the safest course and called off the mountain bike men and women – but they won’t have to pedal faster or harder to make up the distance in the home run.
Mr Walton bussed the bike riders onto the next stop, Wellington, where they were holed up yesterday waiting for the rain to ease.
The ride claimed its first injury on Saturday when a South Coast rider hit the ground and broke his collarbone. He’s out of action now, along with two others who have also retired, so the contingent now numbers 40 with eight support staff.
They hope to ride about 90km today, heading cross-country in the mud and dirt to Dunedoo.
The award for outstanding Elvis so far has gone to Tamworth plasterer Malcolm Nash who has thrilled everyone with his inflatable Elvis suit with inbuilt fan. He looks like a giant blowup doll, according to fellow cyclists.