Bike rid­ers en­cour­aged to en­ter Qld tour

Isis Town and Country - - SPORT -

CHILDERS will be full of bike rid­ers when the Cy­cle Queens­land 2014: Agnes Wa­ter to Coolum Beach tour kicks off later this year.

The nine-day ride, or­gan­ised by Bi­cy­cle Queens­land, will start in Ag­nesWater on Septem­ber 6 and will go via lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Seven­teen Seventy, Rosedale, Bar­gara and Childers be­fore fin­ish­ing at Coolum Beach on Septem­ber 14.

On Septem­ber 10, the rid­ers will pedal 83km from Bar­gara to Childers, then 48km to Biggen­den the fol­low­ing day.

While the event is still sev­eral months away, or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal rid­ers to take part in the tour, re­gard­less of abil­ity lev­els. “One of the aims of Cy­cle Queens­land is to en­cour­age more people to cy­cle more of­ten and we re­ally en­cour­age those who have never done a multi-day tour be­fore to make this year the year to give it a go,” Bi­cy­cle Queens­land CEO BenWil­son said.

MrWil­son said he ex­pected about 1000 rid­ers to take part in the event.

He said Cy­cle Queens­land would in­ject thou­sands of dol­lars into lo­cal economies and show­case the re­gion as a cy­cling and tourist des­ti­na­tion.

“We work closely with lo­cal coun­cils, tourist and busi­ness oper­a­tors to en­sure all the towns we visit get max­i­mum value out of our stay,” Mr Wil­son said.

“Dur­ing the af­ter­noon and evening the rid­ers go on tours, sight­see, re­lax and gen­er­ally make the most of what the town has to of­fer. Based on pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, cafes, bak­eries and pubs will be over­flow­ing with bike rid­ers dur­ing our stay.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­ter Cy­cle Queens­land 2014, go to www.cy­cle­qld.bq.org.au.

Par­tic­i­pants who en­ter the ride be­fore May 30 will re­ceive a free cy­cling jersey as part of their en­try. En­tries close Au­gust 1.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON YA BIKE: Par­tic­i­pants in last year’s Bi­cy­cle Queens­land bike tour, pass­ing through the Isis District.

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