News

Cyclists clock six years, 69,000km

French nationals Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg have cycled 69,000km in the past six years and have many more places to visit.
French nationals Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg have cycled 69,000km in the past six years and have many more places to visit. Nat Bromhead

MANY in Mackay would get puffed just riding to the shop and back.

But the kilometre counters on two bikes that have rolled into town have the staggering numbers of 69,000 across their screens.

Six years ago, Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg decided to rent out their home in rural France, buy a couple of bikes and go for a ride.

Every continent, a handful of punctures and almost two laps of Earth later, they are now in Mackay.

Hailing from Normandy, the couple loves life on the road and plans to spend at least another six years in their saddles.

When the Frebourgs list the countries they have visited, it reads more like the index of a world atlas.

"We have been to China, Korea, Borneo, Iceland, Russia, North Africa, Syria, Lebanon, Romania, Siberia," he said, listing just a few.

"But we have many more places to see."

Camping at rest areas and staying with the many friends they meet along the way, the couple rarely has to worry about a bed.

"Here in Mackay we are staying with a cyclist we met in France," Mr Frebourg said.

Having arrived in Darwin three months ago, the cyclists are now slowly heading toward Tasmania, planning to arrive there in January.

But not before a few days of sightseeing in Mackay.

"We like it here, we want to see Artspace," Mr Frebourg said. "We read about Artspace in a book, it looks very interesting.

Describing Mackay as "a big city", Mrs Frebourg said the couple would be pointing their pushies west.

"We are cycling to the Pioneer Valley then Eungella and then Sarina," she said.

Topics:  cyclists, mackay, tourists, travelling



Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fraser campaign officially underway

Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser, pictured here with his daughter, launched his campaign at Tweed Heads on Sunday.

Matthew Fraser officially launches Richmond campaign

Tweed Hospital cancer ward sees 150% increase

FAIR GO: Doctor Ratnesh Srivastav, staff specialist of medical oncology at the Tweed Hospital.

Oncologists are urging the Government to fund a Tweed cancer centre

Latest deals and offers

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest