They peddled, they huffed and puffed up hills, they cheered, they set up tents, they painted signs, they handed out water and Gatorade, they shuttled cyclists between pit stops and they lived to tell the tale.
The inaugural Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting QIMR started at St Lucia in the early and dark hours of Saturday 21 August, with a strong chill in the air.
However, the 1,343 riders had more than enough energy and enthusiasm to warm up proceedings and by 6.40am all the riders were on their way.
Making the epic 118 kilometre journey to Somerset Dam, riders made Tent City their home for Saturday night and made the most of the entertainment, hot showers and plentiful food available at camp.
The riders battled gusty winds and rain on their return journey on Sunday, but most crossed the finish line with big smiles – proud of their 200 plus kilometre accomplishment.
QIMR had a number of riders, crew members and volunteers participating in the event – and what a great event it was!
With $4.7 million raised – the aching muscles, hours of training, dedicated fundraising and months of planning have more than paid off.
Thank you to everyone involved! Don’t miss out on your chance to ride in next year’s Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer – visit www.conquercancer.com.au. There is an exciting new route for next year’s event!