Fundraising cyclists brave severe weather
A GROUP of 12 cyclists braved terrible weather conditions while riding hundreds of kilometres to raise awareness and much-needed funds for cancer research.
Members of the South Burnett Ride for Relay team rode over 300km in five days, and the timing couldn't have been worse with some of the most severe storms our region has ever seen.
Team spokeperson, Jason Wyeth, said it was an adventurous week.
"We were dodging the weather the whole time," he said.
Starting on Tuesday afternoon, the group, consisting of 12 riders, two vehicles and four support crew set off on their fundraising journey.
"The rain caught up with us at one point and we had to ask a farmer if we could hide in his shed," Mr Wyeth said.
The team returned into Kingaroy at 11am on Saturday morning, just in time for the commencement of the South Burnett Relay for Life event at 12pm.
The cycling team was the highest fundraisers at this year's Relay for Life, raising in excess of $15,000.
"I've got to say when we finished it was pretty emotional, all the organisation and hard work over the past eight months all came together so well," Mr Wyeth said.
"This is a really great bunch of people."
The group were initially hoping to complete 380km but with the severe storms they dropped it back to 305km.
"There was too much rain and too much lightning so we didn't quite get the full distance," Mr Wyeth said.
"One of the riders lives in Coolabunia, so they had to get home to assess the damage."
"They had windows that were smashed and their shed was destroyed."
Mr Wyeth said this event wouldn't have been possible without the support of the local community.
"Thanks to Kingaroy Maccas, Bill Hull Car Centre, John Provan Building, BCF, Harvey Norman and Dusty Hill," he said.
"And the P&C for cooking for us."
The cycling team is already thinking about next year's event.
"I think we'll go out Toogoolawah way and out on to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail," Mr Wyeth said.
After his monumental ride, Mr Wyeth joined other carers and cancer survivors for the survivor's lap at the South Burnett Relay for Life event held at the Kingaroy High School hall.
"I was a carer for my son who had a brain tumour when he was three, he is now 16 and he is doing pretty well," he said.
"That is the reason we ride and get involved."
"It is hard to complain about riding through the wet weather when there are other people going through cancer treatments or their house has been affected by the storm."
"You just have to harden up and keep peddling."