MORE than 900 cyclists hit the road for the 20km fun ride from Bundaberg to Burnett Heads to raise money for various local charities at the weekend.

Bundaberg Mad Cycologists secretary and ride organiser Roy Sutherland-Fraser said the ninth annual event was fabulous and drew the biggest crowd yet.

"We had families, individuals and teams all take part," he said.

"Our oldest competitor was 92 and the youngest person who rode himself was five and a half.

"There were also a number of younger participants who were on the back of bikes or pulled along in trailers."

Mr Sutherland-Fraser said despite organisers being forced to make a last-minute route change on Friday morning, the ride went off without a hitch and continued to attract riders from far afield.

"We had one team of girls and guys from Canada take part," he said.

"Looking over the addresses of our competitors I would say about 25% of entrants were from out of town."

Mr Sutherland-Fraser said the event also aimed to encourage families and young people to ride a bike.

"Cycling is a great, cheap form of transport," he said.

"As well as the health benefits, it's a great form of exercise for the family to do together."

Along the way participants were also treated to a fruit stop, supported by the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Association and a Ginger Beer stop, supported by Bundaberg Brewed Drinks before making their way to Burnett Heads for a sausage sizzle and entertainment.



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