Great Brisbane Bike Ride raising funds to fight cancer


One of Brisbane’s biggest cycling events is attracting thousands of riders and they’re raising money for a good cause.

Isabella Magee reports.

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An early Sunday morning start, raising funds to end the fight against cancer.

Riders will pedal up to 100 kilometres at the annual Great Brisbane Bike Ride.

Anne Savage, CEO Bicycle Queensland: “It’s one of our most loved community cycling events and it takes in much of the river loop which is one of the most popular rides in Queensland.”

The community will be ‘Smiling For Smiddy,’ as part of a cancer research fundraiser, in honour of Adam Smiddy, who passed from melanoma aged 26.

Tim Dalton, Bicycle Queensland General Manager of Members: “This cancer research is to assist us locally in Queensland and Australia and also around the world to find a cure for cancer.”

The ride will go from the gateway bridge and loop its way back past Suncorp Stadium in time for the Mount Coot-tha challenge.

The Great Ride is estimated to bring together about 2,000 pedallers.

Anne Savage, CEO Bicycle Queensland: “We have thousands of energy bars and bananas and water to keep everybody going strong. We definitely recommend carbo loading beforehand.”

The thought of finish-line food not to take away from the main purpose.

Tim Dalton, Bicycle Queensland General Manager of Members: “The ultimate goal at the end of the day is for all of us to find a cure to beat this disease.”

Isabella Magee, QUT News.