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Police, families and supporters remember their fallen

The Police Legacy Bike Ride made a triumphant return in 2023, as law enforcement officers and cycling enthusiasts pedalled from Sydney to Canberra. This annual event combines a passion for cycling with a deep commitment to honouring fallen police officers. It is also an acknowledgement of the often dangerous and thankless work carried out by police across the State.

At 4.30am Friday 8 September 2023, approximately 80 riders assembled in the Domain, near the Police Wall of Remembrance, to start the 10th Annual Remembrance Bicycle Ride for NSW Police Legacy. (Credit: Police Legacy) 

And they’re off! It was a very early start for riders leaving the Domain in Sydney (Credit: Police Legacy)

Bicycle NSW caught up with the riders on a crisp, sunny morning as they stopped for a break in Bundanoon. 

This is about honouring those that have passed in the line of service and helping out the families left behind,” said Daryn Middlebrook, Retired Chief Inspector from Blacktown LAC. Daryn is a very keen bike rider. “With Police, just like in the rest of society, there are those who ride and fully understand issues like minimum passing distance. Or the dangers posed by massive cars going too fast - especially from a bike rider’s perspective.”

“But not everyone gets it. Like Bicycle NSW, we’re doing everything we can to make the roads safer.” 

Police, friends and family members gather at Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe, Bundanoon, where they met up with Bicycle NSW Head of Advocacy Francis O’Neill (Image: Bicycle NSW)

Rides like the Remembrance ‘23 make a real contribution to a change in culture.

“This year's event celebrated the 10th ride. Much credit goes to Senior Constable Craig Tonks for establishing the Remembrance Rides back in 2013,” says Daryn.

Craig rode in Peloton 4 and gave a great speech at Goulburn Academy later that night.

Spanning over 300 kilometres, the ride challenges participants on every level. 

It also serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by police officers in the line of duty. Funds raised from the event go towards supporting the families of fallen officers, and ensuring their legacy lives on. You’re welcome to find out more about Police Legacy here and make a donation.

One of four pelotons of Legacy riders pull in at Bundanoon on their way to Canberra (Image: Bicycle NSW)


Young Police Legatees Caleb, Ben, Patrick and Community Support Youth Officer Lauren Smith, who was there to look out for them during the ride (Credit: Police Legacy)


In 2023, as riders pedal through picturesque landscapes, they will carry with them the memory of those who gave their all to protect and serve

“The Police Legacy Bike Ride is a powerful symbol of unity, remembrance, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family,” said Bicycle NSW CEO Peter McLean. “It draws attention to the profound mental and physical health benefits of bike riding, especially with friends. And we thank all the participants for sharing the vulnerability experienced by road riders as well as the fun.”

Legacy riders celebrate and recuperate at the Goulburn Police Academy. (Credit: Police Legacy)

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