Cyclists make the cut in LifeFlight Razor Challenge

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue paramedic Brad Solomon and Brenton Thompson were in the saddle for over 19 hours, repeatedly riding the steepest section of the notorious Razorback Rd leading to Montville, to help raise money for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters.
The challenge required them to ascend the road 23 times. 
Their efforts culminated in success, with the pair conquering over 8, 848 metres – the altitude of Mt Everest and joining the handful of cyclists who have made it into the exclusive Everesting Hall of Fame.
Past-patient of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue service, Andrew Paddison, also joined the team but unfortunately had to bow out on lap 19, due to serious fatigue.
Cyclists consumed thousands of calories-worth of food during the ride.  In an effort to complete the extreme endurance challenge, they ate triple the amount they’d usually eat in a day.
LifeFlight’s Community Fundraising Manager, Jodi Durkin was cheering from the sidelines and watched the boys battle the mountain.
“At six laps to go, I was feeling shattered myself. The poor boys were feeling it big time; leg cramps, stomach pains, fatigue and chills,” she said.
“These guys are amazing. They have helped RACQ LifeFlight Rescue raise over $20,000 and that’s an incredible achievement in itself.”
This was the peak event of four which made up the Brisbane City Jaguar Land Rover LifeFlight Razor Challenge Series. 

Over $20,000 has been raised, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Brisbane City Jaguar Land Rover LifeFlight Razor Challenge team.
Brad Solomon is a Senior Paramedic for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and a Curramore resident.

He is passionate about raising money for the community helicopter service.

“I am very concerned about the number of hinterland missions the Sunshine Coast-based helicopter attends in the hinterland. I see first-hand how essential the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service is, for people living in this area,” he said.

The ‘Everesting’ event was due to take place last month but had been delayed by severe weather.  The date change forced other entrants to reluctantly withdraw, but Brad and Brenton were determined to complete the challenge.
“It’s considered the ultimate hill riding challenge in the world,” said Brenton.

After hours and hours of cycling, just before 12am, Brad and Brenton stood proudly atop their own Mount Everest.
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The 2017-2018 financial year was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,452 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
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