Cyclists hit Bundy
THE travelling village that is Cycle Queensland 2010 rolls into Bundaberg tomorrow at the end of a nine-day odyssey.
More than 1100 cyclists, who have made their way from Yeppoon to Bundaberg, will get off their saddles at the end of their 570km cycling holiday and start to make their way home.
Along the way, the cyclists have stopped overnight in Rockhampton, Mt Morgan, Biloela, Monto, Eidsvold and Mt Perry.
Cycle Queensland event manager Rebecca Harwood said the riders had hit some bad weather near Mt Morgan and Biloela and had to be bussed to the end of the stage.
“But everybody's still in good spirits,” she said.
Ms Harwood said apart from a few falls there had been no serious incidents on the ride.
The riders will spend tonight in Gin Gin before completing the last leg into Bundaberg tomorrow, finishing at Alexandra Park.
Entertainment will be laid on at the finish for the riders and their supporters.
Ms Harwood said she expected a lot of the riders to stay over in Bundaberg for a night or two.
The Cycle Queensland ride is becoming an international event, with riders this year travelling from the United States, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to take part.
“Riders this year ranged from babies being towed in trailers to people in their late 80s,” Ms Harwood said.
She said a support crew of more than 180 accompanied the riders on their journey.
More than 130 of the support crew were volunteers and, during the event, they undertook tasks such as marshalling, catering, first aid, campsite set-up and logistics.
The tent city the support crew established at each stop along the way featured toilets, hot showers, masseurs, bike mechanics, tourist info and more.
“Every day the crew picked up the tents and facilities and moved on to the next town,” Ms Harwood said.
Community involvement was a big part of the event, with more than 20 community groups from around Central Queensland and North Burnett engaged to run food stalls along the route and at the campsite.
Ms Harwood said research showed each rider spent an average of $35 a day, which when multiplied by 1100 cyclists meant a big boost for small towns such as Mt Morgan and Mt Perry.