Riders raise $20,000 in 270km ride

A GROUP of cyclists raised $20,000 for RACQ Careflight in a ride from the rescue service's hanger at Gold Coast Airport to Toowoomba.

The inaugural Easternwell CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge on Friday was an 11-hour, 270km challenge that included professional cyclists, former CareFlight patients and staff.

Paramedic Brad Solomon, who represented CareFlight in the ride, said it was a long day in the saddle.

"We started off strong at the start with near perfect weather conditions and a lot of enthusiasm," Mr Solomon said.

"But as the hours wore on, we started to feel the exhaustion set in.

"No matter how fit you are, riding for over 11 hours straight is certainly a marathon effort.

"The last leg of the trip up the range at Toowoomba was a huge challenge, but it was well worth it in the end for the amount of money raised."

Gold Coast rider Peter Spencer, whose wife is nine months pregnant, spent the day nervously pedalling, hoping his baby wouldn't make an untimely appearance.

"Thankfully there were no signs of labour and Peter could finish the ride," Mr Solomon quipped.

Throughout the Easternwell CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge the riders pedalled gamely through Palm Beach, Mudgeeraba, Nerang, Canungra, Beaudesert, Rosewood, Laidley, Gatton and Toowoomba covering 270kms in over 11 hours.

The donation page is live for another month so people can still donate by visiting www.everydayhero.com.au/event/careflightbasetobase and selecting one of the riders fundraising pages.



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