About three weeks ago, I was invited to the join in the fun at the Fraser Coast Festival of Cycling and advertise what I have been doing with Tour de Cure.
This is the first time this event has been run and I have to say it was a fantastic weekend!
Zac (my brother) and I left Brisbane on Friday afternoon and made the four hour drive to Hervey Bay. We arrived and checked into our motel, with minutes to spare before the first event for the festival kicked off. The first event on the festivals itinerary was at the Maryborough BMX track.
These guys and girls were great to watch! From the age of 4 to 40 plus years old, there is a big range of skill levels and bike categories to race in. Along with the racing on the track, there was also a pump track competition (a race over a lumpy course with no pedaling allowed) and the 'Core BMX' crew were also doing freestyle BMX demonstrations. It was a very impressive show, with the guys pulling off back flips, 360's and flare's off the big dirt jumps. What a great way to start our weekend of all things cycling!
6:00am Saturday morning and it was time to jump on our bikes and make our way to the start point for the Fraser Coast BUG's (Bicycle Users Group) morning group ride. The BUG's opened their arms to non-club members to come along for a social bike ride, a coffee and a chat.
This is a fantastic group of people with a real love for the bike. I am very happy to have been riding with the BUG's over the last 18 months and am proud to be a BUG member myself. They have given me a lot of support through the work I have done with Tour de Cure over the last couple of years.
The BUG's recently had a write up in the local paper and you read about it here: Chronicle Story.
A big thank you to the BUG's for a great weekend and I look forward to riding with you again soon.
From our coffee stop, Zac and I continued our morning ride around Hervey Bay to complete 135kms all up. The weather was fantastic! A blazing sun and gusty winds made our ride tough in some places, but the view from around the coast was beautiful and took the pain away.
A 135km morning bike ride always deserves to be followed by a good meal!
A 14 hour slow cooked beef brisket pizza from "Eat Cafe". The cafe is owned by Dan & Steph, the winners of the "My Kitchen Rules" TV show. A great little spot by the water and delicious food!
Sunday was Festival day!
The Festival attracted people from all over. Our stand was next to a Gold Coast company and Brisbane bike builder. There where many rare and collectable bikes with some very impressive custom work around the park also.
We found Zac a new road bike for tour. The video below shows him taking it for a test ride.
With one week to go before tour he is looking to be in good form. :) Go Zac!
I picked out one on my favorites of the show too. This is a half size penny farthing and very, very rare. Estimated value of around $3,000 as it is, with all its rust. It was lots of fun to ride.
Along with testing bikes and having fun, we ran a mini competition for the morning. A donation to Tour de Cure was given in exchange to 20 seconds on a stationary bike to see how far and how fast you could go. We had a great mix of people have a shot at the title and we really enjoyed seeing the rivalry it created amongst good friends and club members.
A big congratulations to the winners for the day. The results are below.
Thanks to all the public for their support and to the Festival organisers for having us and Tour de Cure be part of the event. The money raised from the weekend will go towards helping some very worthwhile research and prevention programs.
You can visit the Festivals Facebook page and Website, using the links below.
Before Zac and I left the Fraser Coast to go back home to Brisbane, I decided to suit up in my Kangaroo Point Club Kit and enter the Festival's Criteruim Race that afternoon at the Hervey Bay air port.
It was great turn out for the open race event and I had a lot fun racing with the local clubs.
I was put in B grade and surprised myself with a third place finish.
What a fantastic weekend! Thanks to all the supporters and all the locals who looked after us while we visited the Fraser Coast. I can't wait to visit again soon.
There are only 6 days until the State of Origin Tour kicks off from Tweed heads.
Its getting very exciting and I look forward to sharing my adventure with you all very soon.