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Cyclists to complete nine-hour bike challenge for CareFlight

After raising an incredible $165,000 over three years, the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge is on again, Sunday 3 May with the goal of raising a further $60,000 for the community rescue helicopter service.

A team of more than 30 cyclists, including three-time Tour de France Green Jersey winner Robbie McEwen, will pedal 260km from the Gold Coast to CareFlight’s Toowoomba hangar in the ‘ride to save lives’.

The ride is expected to take nine hours, with each cyclist burning more than 8,000 calories and collectively consuming more than 200 litres of water and electrolytes.

CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge Event Director Fiona MacAnally says that the riders will need plenty of support from the public to get through the gruelling journey.

“We encourage everyone to line up along the road, make signs or posters or post messages on our Facebook page,” she said.

“The 260km ride is a huge undertaking and they deserve all the inspiration they can get.

“The cyclists will travel through Varsity Lakes, Robina, Carrara, Canungra and Beaudesert on the Gold Coast.

“Then the route will travel west into Rosewood, Laidley, Gatton and finally Toowoomba,” she said.

Robbie McEwen, elite cyclists from the Giant Charter Mason team, past CareFlight patients and CareFlight staff are pedalling through towns and communities the CareFlight helicopter regularly flies to passing through locations at approximately the following times;

5am – Lake Street, Varsity Lakes

5:15am – Nielsens Road, Carrara

7:40am - Bromelton Street, Beaudesert

11am – John Street, Rosewood

1:30pm – Davey Road, Gatton

4pm – McDougall Street, CareFlight Hangar

Please support the incredible efforts of these inspiring riders by donating to the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge at www.careflight.org.au/b2b