Randal Bishop and Alana Close after their epic 160km ride from Brisbane.
Randal Bishop and Alana Close after their epic 160km ride from Brisbane. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Road trek: riding for a cause

A JOURNEY up through Cunningham’s Gap can be a treacherous voyage - even from the comfort of your car - but on Saturday afternoon four people made the trek on a bike and all in the name of a good cause.

The Bridge to Bridge Charity team - made up of Alana Close, Randal Bishop, Mark Driver and Kevin Irle - left Brisbane at 6.30 on Saturday morning and began the epic journey to Warwick, where they arrived at about 5pm.

The group made the 10-day ride from Brisbane to Sydney to raise money and awareness for the Cure for Life Foundation.

Funds raised will go to brain cancer treatment and research into a cure, with around $13,000 raised by the foursome so far.

Mrs Close is a brain tumour consultant and said working with cancer patients had inspired her decision to join the ride, despite being a Sydney resident and not knowing any of the other riders.

She said the support she received from people was amazing.

“People have been so generous – there have been anonymous donations of up to $500 from people. It has been amazing.”

After arriving in Warwick Mrs Close said the day was tough but she was glad to have the toughest leg of the journey out of the way.

“I have been riding for 15 years but I have never done anything like this,” she said.

“At one point I didn’t think I’d do it – but I don’t give up. The Gap was definitely the hardest part but now I feel great – like I could go again.”

First thing Sunday morning the group climbed back atop their bicycles and continued for day two of the journey, which took them to Tenterfield.

To support the riders and donate to the Cure for Life Foundation go to www.everydayhero.com.au/bridge_to_bridge_
cycle_charity_team.



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