WHILE thousands of Gold Coasters struggled to get out from under the doona yesterday morning, a bunch of cyclists got on their bikes to raise some much needed funds.
Professional cyclists and CareFlight crew completed a gruelling 260-kilometre cycle challenge from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba, collecting more than $46,000 for RACQ CareFlight Rescue.
The riders took off from CareFlight’s Varsity Lakes office before sunrise at 5am for the 10-hour journey as part of the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge.
A crowd of family, friends and supporters welcomed the exhausted team as they rode into CareFlight’s Toowoomba hangar at 5pm.
More than 30 cyclists pulled on the CareFlight jersey for the third annual event including internationally renowned champion cyclist Robbie McEwen and Race Director for the Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series Kerry Stubbs.
Professional cyclists were also on board for the challenge including Alex Wohler and Ryan MacAnally.
“The highlight for me was making it to the finish after travelling 260 kilometres and completing the steep climb up Flagstone Creek Road at the Toowoomba Range,” Alex said.
They were joined by 22-year-old former patient, national level cyclist Brenton Jones, who was airlifted by RACQ CareFlight Rescue in 2011 during the Tour of Toowoomba road race after sustaining a life-threatening head injury.
“CareFlight saved my life three years ago, so riding in this annual cycling event is a personal experience that allows me to give back to the not-for-profit service,” Brenton said.
CareFlight Senior Flight Paramedic Brad Solomon, who represented the helicopter service alongside three other staff, said it was a long day in the saddle but very successful.
“It was a long day’s ride, but everyone put in an awesome effort for a worthy cause,” Brad said.
You can still donate by visiting the Everyday Hero website.