Cyclists ride into town
CYCLISTS enjoyed a quick cool down and fresh produce as they passed through Mareeba last weekend while on their way to Cooktown as part of the 2017 annual Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge.
Mareeba Fire Service firefighters took the time to shoot their hoses across Byrnes St as riders passed underneath giving them a short reprieve from the heat.
About 240 riders passed through the town on Saturday stopping to have a rest at Rotary Park .
Riders and supporters enjoyed fresh produce donated by Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.
The annual ride from Cairns to Cooktown raised more than $205,000 this year.
Since the event started in 2007 by the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, the event has raised more than $3 million.
Fundraising and marketing manager Glenys Duncombe said it was a great weekend and the weather was kind particularly on day two.
“Riders participated from around the country, some who had been travelling in -2 degrees in Canberra, but they really enjoyed the scenery and camaraderie,” he said.
The Foundation recently announced it would be fundraising $1.4 million towards a second cardiac catheter lab in Cairns.