Town gets behind mountain bikers
THERE will be no shortage of pain after mountain bikers endure five days of riding through the South Burnett region in October later this year.
All the aches will be worth it though as riders participate in the Ride 4 Relay charity event.
Now running for its third year, the proceeds raised by the team will go directly to Cancer Council Queensland to help fight cancer and support families who have been affected by this disease.
Secretary of the South Burnett Mountain Bike Club, Jason Wyeth, is organiser behind this worthy event and personally knows the hardships of battling against cancer.
"When my son was one month off his fourth birthday he was diagnosed with a brain tumour," Mr Wyeth said.
"So our family has been on this journey for 12-13 years now."
"My wife is heavily involved with Relay for Life so I wanted to do something and give back to all of the volunteers," he said.
Starting at Kingaroy, the ride will commence on Tuesday, October 8 and they will peddle trails and back roads to different areas of the region each day.
The team will finish up their journey on Saturday October 12 at the show grounds where the annual South Burnett/Kingaroy Relay for Life will be taking place.
"You need to have a sense of adventure," Mr Wyeth said.
"We're on dirt roads so your bums are going to get sore and you might get a bit sunburnt, but it's for a good cause."
"People are tired at the end but it's also an achievement for many of them as it's their first time trying something like this," he said.
Ride 4 Relay has raised just over $25,000 from the past two years and Mr Wyeth hopes they can achieve similar, if not higher funds this year.
"We have had fantastic local support from the community for the past three years and even when times are tough business wise, people are still willing to help out."
Ride 4 Relay would like to thank their loyal sponsors including Bill Hull Car Centre in Kingaroy who provide the support vehicle, Kingaroy McDonald's who sponsor their riding jerseys , Hertz Rent a Car in Toowoomba for a fantastic rate on the support van and the 16 local businesses who have donated prizes for the major raffle draw.