Tour to pedal region's economy

STANTHORPE'S showgrounds will be filled with cleats, cranks and chains next Tuesday as about 800 cyclists descend on the Southern Downs.

Along with 100 support staff, the fundraising Cycle Queensland riders will also give the region's economy a nice shot in the arm.

Cycle Queensland's evaluation of its rides over the last three years shows an average $600,000 being injected into the host regions.

Nearly three quarters of last year's Cycle Queensland ride participants said they were influenced to return to the region later for a tourism visit.

The free-wheeling group will spend its rest day in Stanthorpe and many members have booked day tours organised by Southern Downs Regional Council's economic development unit and Granite Belt Wine and Tourism.

For those riders not booking a day tour, and instead wanting to investigate the Capital of Cool, a market day with discounts and special bargain tables will run in Stanthorpe.

At the showgrounds there will be entertainment by James Blundell, along with Barbie doll grape crushing competitions and waiter races.

Motorists are asked to be patient and courteous as the group cycles from Texas to Stanthorpe next Monday; then on to Killarney via Old  Stanthorpe Rd next Wednesday; leaving Killarney for Woodenbong on Thursday.

For details, visit http://cycleqld.bq.org.au/whats-on/things-to-see-and-do/day-3-4-stanthorpe/.



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