Hell on Wheels Tour director Tony Keogh pictured at the launch at the Lismore Westpac Rescue Helicopter base in Lismore.
Hell on Wheels Tour director Tony Keogh pictured at the launch at the Lismore Westpac Rescue Helicopter base in Lismore. Cathy Adams

Couple ready for hell ride

COUTTS Crossing husband and wife Mal and Narelle Tilse are training hard, preparing to ride in the 15th annual Yellow Pages Hell on Wheels Cycle Tour, a major fundraiser for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The tour heads off on six days of a gruelling 500km-plus ride through far northern New South Wales on Saturday.

The duo is well equipped to undertake the challenge.

"Mal has ridden the tour every year and I started the second year," Narelle said.

"In years gone by we are always riding and racing, doing triathlons, so we were naturally attracted to this ride when we heard about it."

Like most riders, the Tilses enjoy the ride and the fact they are raising money for the helicopter.

"We love it. It's great fun, great exercise, great company and it's all for a good cause," Narelle said yesterday.

The Yellow Pages Hell on Wheels Cycle Tour aims to raise close to $30,000 for the helicopter this year and overall has raised more than $750,000.

Narelle said the pair's training had been curtailed because they had been overseas.

"We are a bit behind in our training but we rode 65km last weekend and we are doing at least three rides a week."

This outdoor-loving couple is looking forward to the ride and the camaraderie on the tour.

"At the end of day it's relaxing and we enjoy the socialising afterwards," Narelle said.

"It's a great way to fundraise, and living in the country you never know when you're going to need that rescue helicopter to transport you.

"It's fantastic it's there but I hope I don't have to use it."

You can support Mal and Narelle on their Everyday Hero page, everydayhero.com.au/mal_tilse and follow the tour on Facebook at facebook.com/hellonwheelscycletour.

Or you can support the riders and make a donation by calling 6627 4444, online at helirescue.com.au or at your nearest Westpac Bank.



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