1000 cyclists to ride into town
THE Gympie region will be inundated by people on everything from road bikes and tricycles to tandems and mountain bikes when Cycle Queensland 2012 pedals into town next month.
More than 1000 riders are expected to take part in Cycle Queensland 2012 which starts in Gayndah on Saturday, September 8.
The riders will then make their way to Noosa via Biggenden, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Tiaro, Gympie and Cooroy. Event manager Graeme Ferguson said the visit would inject thousands of dollars into the local economy.
"The riders will be in Tiaro on Thursday and then in Gympie on Friday, September 14, and based on previous experience, cafes, bakeries and pubs will be overflowing," he said.
"Riders will be based at Albert Park during their stay in Gympie, with Gympie Regional Council, local community groups, sporting organisations and not for profit organisations providing services and support to Cycle Queensland to help make the stay a positive experience to remember.
"Our research shows that riders spend on average $35 a day, so when you multiply that by 1000 riders it soon adds up for local businesses."
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said the council was pleased to host Cycle Queensland riders.
"Council has also been working with Gympie Cooloola Tourism to help make the riders' stay in Gympie more interesting as they will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of our historic Mary St and be entertained by performers from the Australian Institute of Country Music during the evening," he said.
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