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Elite cyclists and CareFlight crew to pedal 260km in Base to Base Cycle Challenge

A team of well-known cyclists, RACQ CareFlight Rescue crew and former patients are set to ride an impressive 260 kilometres in a single day as part of the annual CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge.

The gruelling course will take place on Sunday, May 4 with a team of 50 cyclists riding from the Gold Coast to CareFlight’s Toowoomba Hangar to help raise funds and awareness for RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s air-medical retrieval service.

For the second year in a row, the event has attracted three time Tour de France Green Jersey winner Robbie McEwen.

He will ride alongside CareFlight Senior Paramedic Brad Solomon and professional cyclists Alex Wohler, Ryan MacAnally and Brenton Jones, who is also a past patient.

In another major coup, Kerry Stubbs the Race Director for the Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series, has again come on board as Challenge Ride Director.

CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge Event Director Fiona MacAnally said she’s thrilled that so many renowned cyclists and high profile identities have signed up for the event.

“We’re so thankful to the riders that have already signed on to support CareFlight and we’re asking for any cyclist or athlete who thinks they’ve got what it takes, to join Robbie and other National Road Series riders in the challenge,” Ms MacAnally said.

“We went from having nine elite riders in our inaugural event in 2012 to more than 40 riders last year.

“It would be great to eclipse this in 2014 by extending the number of riders to 50.”

This year’s Base to Base Cycle Challenge is expected to be the biggest to-date with a goal to raise $100,000 for RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s community helicopter service.

RACQ CareFlight’s Executive Fundraising Manager Leanne Angel said, “With each rescue mission costing more than $12,500, we rely on the community for more than a third of our funding.”

“Fundraising events like this are vital to keep our rescue helicopters in the air, so CareFlight can continue to save lives every day across Queensland.

“On average we airlift three patients a day and that help comes at an enormous cost. We’re asking the community to get behind these cyclists and donate to the cause.”

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has performed more than 38,500 missions in the past 30 years.

Last year, more than 1,400 patients were treated and airlifted by CareFlight’s experienced aviation and medical crew based on the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg.

Support the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge by visiting Everyday Hero and donating to one of the cyclists.

Call CareFlight on 1800 630 014 for more information on joining the cycle challenge.