Drivers urged to avoid cycle event

SUNSHINE Coast residents are being asked to watch out for bike riders this weekend, with more than 900 bicycle riders converging on the region as part of Cycle Queensland 2012.

Bicycle Queensland manager Ben Wilson said the riders would arrive in Cooroy from Gympie on Saturday 12 September before heading to Noosa on Sunday 16 September.

The riders are participating in Cycle Queensland 2012: Gayndah to Noosa - a 542km bike ride organised by Bicycle Queensland.

"Cycle Queensland is not a race. The ride is designed to let people pedal away from the everyday and we encourage riders to take it at their leisure and enjoy the scenery," Mr Wilson said.

"We try, where possible, to stick to back roads."

Organised by Bicycle Queensland, the 542km cycling holiday is a fully supported ride and attracts riders of all ages and abilities.

"Riders this year range from babies being towed in trailers to people in their late 80s - some will be very experienced while others are quite new to riding and will be tacking their first cycling tour," Mr Wilson said.

Police and event organisers advise local residents and drivers to be aware of the bike ride route and to try to avoid the roads as some delays can be expected.

Each day, the riders will depart the Cycle Queensland campsite between 7 and 9am and ride to the next town on the route.

"Police, marshals and safety vehicles can be expected on the road as well as the riders," Mr Wilson said.

"Advisory signs will alert drivers when to expect riders to be ahead on the road but drivers are encouraged to avoid these roads by delaying their trip or to travel by an alternate route.

"While some faster riders will complete each day's ride in just a few hours, others will still be out there at 4pm. At least a metre's clearance from overtaking vehicles would be appreciated."

Motorists, and particularly professional drivers can contact Bicycle Queensland to get further information on the event route and daily timings of the ride in specific areas by phoning 3844 1144 or 0429 384 411.

Cycle Queensland is principally sponsored by the Queensland Government in conjunction with Events Queensland, Ground Effect, Budget Car and Truck Rentals, Epic Cycles and Fraser Coast Chronicle.



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River Rd, Gympie

Young St, Gympie

Calton Hill Rd, Gympie

Mellor St, Gympie

Station Rd, Gympie

Tin Can Bay Rd, Gympie

Cedar Pocket Rd,

Cedar Pocket Gap Rd,

Sister Tree Creek Rd,

Main St, Kin Kin

Pomona-Kin Kin Rd,

Pound Rd,

Factory St, Pomona

Hill St, Yourol Forest Rd,

Elm St,

Myall St,

Maple St,

Mary River Rd,


Day 8: Gympie to Cooroy (Long Option)

Louis Bazzo Drive,

Cootharaba Rd,

Junction Rd,

Laguna St, Boreen Point

Orchard Ave,

Urunga Pde,

Boreen Pde,

Vista St,

Laguna St,

Summit Rd,


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Mary River Rd,

Maple St,

Crystal St,

Myall St,

Nandroya Rd,

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Sunrise Rd,

Gyndier Rd,

Cooroy-Noosa Rd,

Butler St, Tewantin

Poinciana Ave,

Memorial Ave,

becomes Hilton tce,

Gympie Tce, Noosaville

William St,

Noosa Pde,

Lions Park (Noosa), Noosa Heads

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