CQ 12 – Arrived in Gayndah

A morning well spent shopping in Brisbane city for last minute provisions finished up at a packed Roma St transit centre. Plenty of familiar faces shared past stories with those who were new.

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4 buses shuttled us excited cyclist to Gayndah with a visit on the way to Gympie Matilda. A short unexpected stop was made when a bus in front overheated.

We arrived at the campsite at about 5:30pm and packed our bags to stake out some campsite territory before heading to the registration desk. We picked up our kit (free shirts) and got our name ticked off. Plenty of welcoming signs in Gayndah. The local tennis club put on dinner at the campsite and sold out two hours before they were due to shut.

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Have caught up with a few old friends and looking forward to making some new ones.

Discovery weekend–Orange

The details for the Bike NSW Discovery weekend are up!  23-25 March 2012 in Orange.   They have multiple ride options including a mountain bike skills workshop, and road rides ranging from 50-120kms including stops at local wineries, berry farms and even a wind farm!

I did have to look up where Orange was, and apparently it’s about 260 kms west of Sydney.

It’s a bit different from Cycle QLD/Big Ride as you have to arrange your own accommodation – there is camping available.  Early bird cost is about $119 (no idea what this covers), and $30 for camping.  After the 22nd of December, cost goes up to $149.

Looks like it’ll be a fun weekend!

Cycle Qld 2011 – Trip Report – Part 1

Well, Cycle Qld is over for another year.  What a holiday.  It always comes to an end far too soon but seems like a holiday of much more than a week.  I get much more than a week’s worth of enjoyment and fun out of the trip.

So this is going to be a bit of a round up with picture of my CQ adventures this year.  Warning – will be long and photo intensive!

Also, a preemptive apology – most of the photos I’ve taken are actually whilst still riding the bike so the focus isn’t great on some of them.

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Cycle Qld 2011, done and dusted.

Thanks everyone for a fantabulous week.  Nat is doing a roundup, but I just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone – Bicycle QLD, all the vollies – in Goodtimes, logistics, catering, first aid, massage, ambos, police and everyone else who made it possible.  The organisation was superb (as usual), and everything that we have come to expect from Cycle QLD

I had a fantastic time.  The scenery was spectacular, the company wonderful.  It was great to see old friends, and meet new ones.

Next year is Gayndah to Noosa – if you missed CQ this year, make sure you come next year!

Cycle Qld 2011 – Fashions in the field

Well, what a wonderful Cycle Queensland.  Some of the best and most scenic touring I have ever done as well as a wonderful time with friends.  I’ll do another post about the actual tour but this post is going to be a gratuitous photo post on some of the clothes we wore on CQ.

We certainly had a lot of fun making/selecting the outfits and buying some additional pieces along the way.  The op shop at Killarney was a real stand out as it was one of the best stocked and organised ones I had ever been in.

The outfits attracted a lot of attention and hopefully a few new readers – hello to you out there!  Thanks to everyone on CQ who commented or said hello because of what we were wearing.  It was a real conversation starter and certainly made our trip.  We love talking to everyone!  Also a special mention to those who are now reconsidering what you can wear on the bike.  As I’m sure you can see below, pretty much anything is suitable!

Day 1: Goondiwindi to Yelarbon 57km 15°C

Kathamandu travel dress plus handmade armwarmers.

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Cycle Qld 2011 Stanthorpe Rest Day

After a wonderful 3 days on the bike, we are in Stanthorpe for our rest day.

So, the tour so far.

Day 1: A cool morning saw us registering and reassembling our bikes then heading to a local cafe for breakfast. The usual mass start had us all on the road just after 12. We headed down the main street with locals and supporters cheering us on. Strong tail winds kept the pace high and we roared in to lunch. A long flat straight finished off a very flat day as we arrived in to Yelarbon. A quick lap of town consisting of the pub, post office, home crafts and a cafe lead to cupcakes.

Day 2: A frosty start kept the early risers in bed til after 6am. Another flat day with glorious trail winds. The scenery was amazing as we left the eastern most desert in Australia with some unique plants and birds. A final small hill in to Texas where the shops opened specially on Sunday for us CQ visitors.

Day 3: The hundred! Most got going early, eager to get on the road and make a start. Early steep hills with some spectacular views warmed up the legs before morning tea at 30km. More rolling hills to a well earned lunch at 65km. The chocolate muffins were well appreciated. Then the undulations continued through the final rest stop and in to Stanthorpe. It was a fairly tough day in the saddle. All on the ride gave it their best with most making it to lunch. The day was capped off with a concert just for us by local legend James Blundell.

Day 4: Today is rest day. Many have opted for some great tours of the region including wines, fruit, cheese and scenery. We decided to take it easy with a second breakfast in town and cruised the local shops. Many of the town had put on something special for their 800 strong cycling visitors with food, specials and market stalls.

Tomorrow on to Kilarney.

Rest day!

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It’s rest day in Stanthorpe today and we’re on our way into town for a coffee and second breakfast.  After our 100 km day yesterday (uphill of course) methinks we deserve it.

Everyone did super well yesterday with only 80 people not making it into town on a very hilly and long day.