Get your spurs out – CQ’s heading west
Looking for a challenge this September? CQ17 is your answer.
Ride east from the red bulldust around Goondiwindi through the Granite Belt Region before crossing into Northern New South Wales for a few nights. Our final destination this year is stunning Currumbin on the Gold Coast, home to perhaps the best stretch of sand on the ‘glitter strip’! Early Bird entries are now open so be sure to secure your spot plus either a free, limited-edition CQ jacket or a short-sleeved event jersey, both valued at $99 each.
Riders on CQ17 will be in good company with two participants already signed up for their 16th CQ tour. Grahame Collard and Aneeta Price from Brisbane have joined every CQ tour since its inception in 2002 and are already counting the days until September.
Not to be outdone, our regular police officer Mark Carroll-Walden will return as a rider this year for his 10th CQ tour.
As one might expect from a ‘brother in blue’, Mark isn’t fazed by whatever challenges the course will serve up, even on the 100km day from Texas to Stanthorpe. “Yes, it’s a full day of climbing and by the end of it your legs are ready to file the divorce papers, but we have all day to ride the 100km and the sense of achievement at the end is very satisfying, as is the first beer!”
For Mark, CQ is his ‘week away from the world’ and he reckons that’s the biggest appeal of Cycle Queensland.
“It’s fun and relaxing. It brings out your inner child. You get up in the morning, have breakfast and jump on your bike. You don’t have to prepare any meals. You just ride, relax and ride again.’
“Ask yourself, when was the last time you rode your bike all day without a care in the world?”
CQ17 promises to sample the very best landscapes and produce that the border region has to offer. With a rest day in Stanthorpe, home of glorious Queensland wine and plenty of other delicacies, and a finish site beside the gloriously white sands of Currumbin, riders won’t be hard pressed to enjoy the ride.
As for transport to and from the event, there is a new option this year of parking on the Gold Coast and catching our chartered bus out to Goondiwindi on Friday September 1. Parking at Reddy Airport Parking at Tweed Heads must be booked separately through their website (www.reddyairportparking.com.au) and riders are asked to mention they are CQ participants. Please be aware Bicycle Queensland has not arranged for additional parking at Reddy Airport Parking. We have only confirmed we can use the location as a pick-up point on Friday September 1. There will also be a chartered bus from the finish site in Currumbin back to Reddy Airport Parking at Tweed Heads on Saturday September 10. All bus transport must be booked through the CQ website or by calling the BQ office.
Keen to join CQ17 but not so keen on riding? Come along as a volunteer and help make CQ the brilliant event that keeps riders like Grahame Collard and Aneeta Price coming back year after year. Volunteer applications can be found at www.cycleqld.com.au/volunteer or call the BQ office on 07 3844 1144 to sign up. Full-time volunteers get all meals, tent accommodation and transport to the event from designated departure locations free. We’re also looking for part time volunteers. So if you’re riding and would like to receive a cash-back of up to $260 (paid after the event), check out the CQ website for all the details.
Visit the website for more information and to register.