The first two days of the RideWest Charity Cycle was off to a glorious start on Saturday the 21st of April. According to rider Don Chandler, it was a “magnificent morning leaving Amberley” air base with a full stomach from a barbecue breakfast provided by the ladies at Girls Got Heart.
Some highlights and comments from the Riders on Day 1:
“Having Toby there when he had 2 flats and a problem tyre, the brownies and having a few great chats with the boys and making new mates” – Bill Maddocks
“Getting up that effing hill!” – Charles Burkes
“The ladies Anglican Church sausage sandwiches and the apple cake!” – Tony Macintosh
Day 2 started with a fresh coffee for the team made by Toby Winten ready to trek 176kms to Chinchilla. At the morning tea stop at St Ruth’s or ‘struths,’ we were met with more fabulous Queensland hospitality. Some of the locals got involved and made a beautiful cake for Andrew Perkin’s (Perko) birthday. Other locals drove over an hour and a half to meet up with the riders, and cheer them on ringing cowbells and cheering.
Some highlights and comments from the Riders on Day 2:
“Tobys coffee followed closely by morning tea at ‘Struths.’” – David Neals
“My first smithy FQB after rolling into Chinchilla.” – Mike Williams
“Making it through the dirt road without a puncture or whiplash!”- Keeley Mancinis
“Ice bath with each other (see evidence below) and the 35km tailwind!” – Mark Maiden and John Sloman
“Birthday cake at struth hall!!”- Andrew Perkins
“Feeling thankful I was in the truck while the team had to ride the hard yards through the dirt roads.”- Emma, RFDS Nurse