July 26, 2017
When participants in South Burnett Relay For Life begin their long night of walking around the main oval at Kingaroy Showgrounds in October this year, they’ll have some new companions.
A team of ten riders from the South Burnett Mountain Bike Club (SBMTBC), Brisbane and the South Burnett will be joining them after an epic five day, 330km Ride For Relay that will take the group from Murgon to Camp Duckadang and back to Kingaroy again.
The ride has been sponsored by Kingaroy’s McDonalds and Wooroolin Lions, Ackinclose Plumbing, Kingaroy State School and the SBMTBC are also helping out.
The group will be using the ride to raise awareness about the Relay, as well as funds for cancer research, and they’re inviting the public to join them on the first and final legs.
The first leg of the five day ride will kick off at Kingaroy Showgrounds at 7:15am on Tuesday October 3, travelling to Murgon and back again along the South Burnett Rail Trail, a distance of about 94km.
And on Saturday, October 7 riders will depart from Yarraman State School at 7:30am to return to Kingaroy via Nanango along dirt back roads, a distance of about 53km, to take part in this year’s Relay For Life marathon.
Anyone who’d like to join the riders on either leg can do so for a $30 donation to the Ride For Relay fundraising effort.
But if you feel you might need a little training to prepare for a 53km or 94km ride, the SBMTBC will be running a Rail Trail Ride on Sunday, August 20 over shorter distances that should suit most people.
Riders will meet up at the War Memorial in Kingaroy’s Memorial Park at 8:45am for a 9:00am start, and can choose one of three courses:
- A 10km ride from Kingaroy to Crawford and return
- A 22km ride from Kingaroy to Memerambi and return, or
- A 44km ride from Kingaroy to Tingoora and return
Before and after the rides the club will be offering a $2 sausage sizzle, a $4 bacon and egg sandwich and $2 drinks, and the proceeds will also be going to Relay For Life.
SBMTBC secretary Jason Wyeth said club members are looking forward to the August Rail Trail rides and the five day Ride For Relay.
“Relay For Life is a really great cause and we hope our Ride For Relay will grow in future,” Jason said.