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



Mooball plans on the moo-ve

BIG PLANS: The village of Mooball from above.

Big plans for he quaint village of Mooball have the green light

Tweed United gunning for a top-four, finals’ finish

Tweed United captain and top goal scorer Michael Kolovos and his side are hell-bent on a top-four finish in season 2016.

"Our Destiny is in our own hands."

Latest deals and offers

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

Amberly Nelson, from Melbourne, posts for a photo with friends at Splendour in the Grass.

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at festival this weekend.

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started