The fantastic, annual Cycle Queensland this year is from Gayndah to Noosa with the rest day in the picturesque Hervey Bay.
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.
Rest of the post after the cut………
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!
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.
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.
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.
Getting to Gundi – pre day 1, CQ 2011 Today the journey really began. I awoke early, excited to be finally heading out. A friend kindly lent me her car and I headed out to the airport to pick up Nat and Ryan. After a quick shopping stop to pick up essentials such as sunscreen, lip balm and the obligatory Ferrero Rochers (it’s a bit of an tradition we have), and a stop at Malaya Corner at Sunnybank for lunch with old friends, it was time to head into the Roma St transit centre. We arrived at the Roma St transit centre to the tune of bucketing rain and unloaded our gear and headed upstairs. The CQ crew were easy to spot – plenty of bags, technical fabrics and lots of bike boxes. We said hello to a few faces we recognised from last year, and nodded to a whole lot of new faces. After loading the bus in reverse order of dropoffs, it was time to head off. We drove out of the rain into a beautiful blue sky at Boonah, complete with rainbow adding a touch of glamour to the sky. 2 ½ hours later, we were at Warwick. Sadlly the roadhouse we stopped at really wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of three coaches that converged on the roadhouse at the same time. The three staff there were a bit overwhelmed, but did their best in the circumstances. Sadly, it put us proably 20 mins behind schedule as we had to wait for our ordered food before leaving. Anyhow, we drove on through green, flat farming fields into a glorious orange sunset. After dropping the vollies off at Yarlebon (they were setting up for the end of day one of the ride) we arrived in Goondiwindi. Goondiwindi was bursting at the seams. I’m always amazed at how 800 extra people can really swell out a town. After dragging our luggage through the streets, it was time to settle in. I’m hoping I brought enough warm clothing. They’re predicting frost in the next couple of mornings. I guess that’s the problem when you carry all your own gear (we’re carrying our own gear in panniers instead of onhe truck) – you tend to get a bit stingy about what you bring. Oh well, if I get too cold, I’ll go find an op shop, and buy some more clothing. I’m hoping that all the bits of my bike are in one piece and that I haven’t left my front wheel or other piece of critical equipent on my floor at home. Anyhow, tomorrow should be a great day. 57 kms, mostly flat to Yarlebon. A nice little spin of the legs to get into the feel of things.
On the bus heading out to Gundi. It’s raining in Brisbane, fingers crossed for good weather west.