Cycling holiday is hard work
MASSAGES, eating out, wine and concerts from multi award winning musicians might sound like a great holiday, unless of course you have to ride a bike 600km to enjoy it.
That was the case for more than 800 keen cyclists who rolled through Ipswich over the weekend on the final leg of Queensland's biggest annual cycling tour.
The Cycle Queensland entrants had just wound their way from Goondiwindi to Brisbane over nine days.
Redbank Plains couple Jeff and Ailsa Lachlan yesterday put their feet up after the nine-day cycling odyssey. Mr Lachlan said the tour would be memorable for both pleasure and the pain.
"We are just sitting back and letting the old legs become accustomed to normal life again," Mr Lachlan said.
"We certainly had a fantastic time but it wasn't all easy.
"It was a challenge because there were some pretty big hills throughout the trip."
Mrs Lachlan said as much as she enjoyed the holiday, the 100km day-three leg from Texas to Stanthorpe was very tough.
"It was uphill most of the way and we worked out we probably climbed in total about one and a half kilometres up," she said.
"It was a very long day. We were riding for over six hours."
Riders travelled through the Scenic Rim and Ipswich from Friday to Sunday, with the tour finishing at Amazon Park in Jindalee.
Mr Lachlan said riding through the region gave him an appreciation of its natural beauty.
"It's so different on a bike than when you drive through these areas," he said.
"On the bike you go through these areas so much slower so you get to appreciate how glorious the scenery is."
Some of the small flood-hit regions of southern Queensland received a much-needed economic boost as the two-wheeled holiday tour rolled along.
"The towns really appreciate the injection of tourist dollars, especially the publicans," Mr Lachlan said.
Participants were treated to a surprise concert from Golden Guitar winning country artist James Blundell during the tour's stopover in Stanthorpe.