Team lets the good times roll
THE Cycle Queensland support crew includes a cheer squad at the end of each leg of the 550km recreational ride.
Their job is to make sure cyclists know they have reached their destination and yesterday that was Albert Park in Gympie, where a sea of tents awaited them for an overnight stopover.
"The Good Times Team", as they call themselves, was made up of Bicycle Queensland's Emma Burrows, five time cyclist/volunteer Simon Gleeson, and visitors, Jason Guan and Grace Guo.
They were part of a 180-strong support crew.
As cyclist after cyclist pedalled towards Albert Park between noon and evening yesterday, the group made sure it stayed on track, calling out to the ones who missed the turn-off and continued along River Rd.
They had come from the Southside after riding from Tiaro, but they didn't go the easy way.
In order to stay off the busy Bruce Hwy, cyclists took the scenic route down Bauple-Woolooga Rd, then along the Gympie-Woolooga Rd to Glastonbury.
Ms Burrows said they covered more than 100km yesterday but it had been a particularly tough leg because cyclists were facing a headwind.
"The ride has taken a little longer today so they will be absolutely exhausted," she said.
"(Cyclists) are happy when they see us. They know when they see us they've finished."
The riders will set off between 7-9am today and will head east along Tin Can Bay Rd and take the right turn to Cedar Pocket headed for Kin Kin, bound for Cooroy via Pomona.
The recreational ride, held annually by Bicycle Qld, left Gayndah on September 8 and will finish at Noosa on Sunday.
Cycle Queensland is part adventure part holiday designed to let people pedal away from everyday.
For more information go to bq.org.au.