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Chopper charity effort peaks with Montville mountain ride

One of the country's most extreme endurance cycling events will be staged in Montville in less than two weeks.

On Saturday 6th October Montville will host the Brisbane City Jaguar Land Rover LifeFlight Razor Challenge, proudly presented by the LifeFlight Foundation.

The event is particularly brutal. Known as "Everesting", competitors have 24 hours to repeatedly ride one steep 5km section of Hunchy Road-Razorback, until they've conquered 8848 metres - the altitude of Mt Everest.

Today, two of the riders took to the Razorback to give a small insight into the round-the-clock torture to come.

Each cyclist will consume thousands of calories-worth of food during the ride.  In an effort to complete the extreme endurance challenge, they will eat triple the amount they'd usually eat in a day.

This is the peak event of four which make up the Brisbane City Jaguar Land Rover LifeFlight Razor Challenge Series. The cyclists have pledged to each raise $5 000 to support the life-saving work of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service.

One of the team riders, Senior RACQ LifeFlight critical care paramedic and Aircrew officer Brad Solomon is 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.

Recently, the chopper landed at Montville Primary School (photo link below) to help a man injured in an accident on the same stretch of road where the Brisbane City Jaguar Land Rover LifeFlight Razor Challenge will be held.

Riding alongside Brad, is former patient Andrew Paddison who was airlifted following an accident that almost cost him his life.

He was mountain biking at Lake Wyaralong, west of the Gold Coast in September 2015, when he was thrown over the handlebars.

The father-of-three believes it was the immediate medical intervention by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter medical team that saved his life and the use of his legs.

"If I had not been cared for properly and so quickly I could well be a quadraplegic - that's no exaggeration," he said.

Find out more about Brisbane City Jaguar Land Rover LifeFlight Razor Challenge at

 https://wwww.everydayhero.com.au/event/lifeflight-razor-challenge-2018