Bridge to Bridge pedals a cure for brain cancer through Southern Downs
Seven keen cyclists have pedalled their way through the Southern Downs on an epic 1000km journey to help find a cure for brain cancer.
The eighth annual Bridge to Bridge Cycle Charity Ride kicked off at Brisbane’s Story Bridge before heading to Warwick, Stanthorpe and on to Tenterfield, via Wallangarra, on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.
Warwick was the cyclists’ first destination after leaving Brisbane’s Story Bridge at 6am and riding 160km!
The cyclist then made their way to Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth and Quirindi and to the Hunter Valley, before arriving under the Harbour Bridge in Sydney on Saturday, May 5.
Funds raised from this year’s ride will be donated to the Charlie Teo Foundation to support its collaborative efforts in developing effective treatments for brain cancer over the next 10 years.
The ride aims to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by those suffering the impacts of brain cancer in regional areas.
Brain Cancer has no known cure and statistics from the Australian Institute of Health indicate the disease is a leading cause of cancer deaths across most age groups. Around 1600 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer annually.
Inspired by Randal Bishop’s 2009 cycle from Gympie in Queensland to Sydney, in honour of his daughter Shaynae who died of brain cancer, a group of five cyclists first completed Bridge to Bridge in 2011. Since then, the ride has raised more than $250,000 for brain cancer research.
The Southern Downs community was extremely welcoming and supportive when the group arrived, cyclist Mark Driver said.
He counted cresting Cunningham’s Gap followed by a rest stop at Tregony among the group’s highlights of the long ride.
“More than a few people came up to us and asked us what we were doing and some spontaneously gave us a small donation to the brain cancer cause,” Mr Driver said.
“There were many highlights cycling through the Southern Downs.
“Riding over the Condamine River and arriving at Jackie Howe Motel and cycling down Warwick’s main street just after daybreak on Sunday morning!
“We enjoyed delicious Stanthorpe coffee and chatted with many locals who came up to us in the street.
“Arriving in Dalveen and having a barbecue breakfast was another highlight… and riding around the hill at Wyberba and looking down at the old railway bridge and making the border.”
Due to a prior commitment, Cr Dobie was unable to meet with the fundraisers but said she was thrilled to have the Bridge to Bridge cyclists travel through the Southern Downs.
“I am sure all of our wonderful locals extended them a warm welcome,” Cr Dobie said.
“It is vital to continue to raise awareness about brain cancer in our regional communities and to be able to fund additional research to help find a cure.
“I commend the riders taking part for their dedication and effort to fighting this deadly disease and I congratulate them on their inspiring journey.”
Seven keen cyclists pedaled their way through the Southern Downs on an epic 1000km journey in a bid to find a cure for brain cancer.