It’s time to get back on the bike for the return of the Mad Cycologists City to Coast Community Bike Ride on Sunday, 8 September.
After a four-year break the family fun ride is back, and organisers are encouraging everyone in the Bundaberg Region to take part.
Bundaberg Mad Cycologists secretary Rhianna Steindl said the ride was last held in 2015 and its return would be bigger and better than before.
Rhianna said the 20km ride starts at the Riverside Parklands in Bundaberg and riders would make their way to the South Head Parkland at Burnett Heads and there would be two stops along the way.
“This is a family orientated ride, in a safe environment and two-and-three-year-olds can even take part,” Rhianna said.
“If you can ride a bike then you can take part, and parents can even take their young children on their bikes with them.
“There will be two stops along the way, where riders can stop have a stretch and a piece of fruit.
“By the slowest rider we think the ride will be completed in two-and-a-half hours.”
Rhianna said in the past the ride was held earlier in the year during May, but the early spring weather was ideal to hold the event and the group was glad to see the return.
The bike ride was a joint effort between several local businesses and community organisations, including Bundaberg Lions and Quota.
She said the Mad Cycologists primary objective was to get more people on bicycles by encouraging safe cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“The Bundaberg region is fortunate to have a number of cycling groups catering for all ages and abilities,” Rhianna said.
“We even have a ‘sag wagon’ that will follow the last riders along and anyone struggling or needs help will be looked after.”
After a great ride, make sure you have arranged how to get home. Many people extend their ride by riding back to the start or arrange family or friends to pick them up from South Head Parkland.
Helping the community
Since the first ride in 2005, tens of thousands of dollars have been raised to support local charities including the RSPCA, Bundaberg Hospital and the Salvation Army.
Rhianna said anyone who wanted to participate but couldn’t ride a bike was still welcome to take part by helping at the event.
“Why not volunteer to help make the day a great success. There is a job to suit everyone – cutting fruit, route marshals, helping to set up and pack up and many more,” she said.
From social rides to competitive road and track cycling, there is a club for you. Anyone interested can get further information click here.
When: Sunday, 8 September 2019
Start: Riverside Parklands, Bundaberg
Finish: South Head Parkland, Burnett Heads
Time: Registration from 7am. Ride starts at 9am
The ride is a leisurely 20km, designed for everyone. If you can ride a bike you can complete this ride.