Victorian team pedalling to M'boro and beyond
THIS weekend more than 2000 students will make their way to Maryborough for the RACQ Technology Challenge, but for some the challenge has already begun.
Riding in a small enclosed pedal-powered machine all the way from Ballarat, Victoria, to Maryborough, the Reef Rode Rage Team members will have little time to rest before they arrive in town to take on the non-stop 24-hour challenge.
The team of eight riders with three drivers and five support crew set off from Ballarat on Saturday for the ambitious two-week journey, which will finish at Port Douglas on September 19.
The epic 4000km journey is to highlight the dangers facing the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest from greenhouse gas emissions.
Team manager Tony Davidson said the venture in the specially designed human powered vehicle called Nemo had been specifically timed to be part of this weekend's Tech Challenge.
Mr Davidson said despite knowing they would be exhausted when they arrived and even more so when they left after 24 hours of racing, Maryborough's renowned event was seen by the team as a key part of the project and an opportunity too good to pass up.
"We felt that if we are riding that far, and will be so close, it's too good a chance to miss out on but mostly it was part of the challenge the kids set themselves," he said.
One of the longest legs will be a 503km ride in one day from Dubbo to Goondiwindi.
Mr Davidson said the ultimate aim of the Reef Rode RAGE (Ride Against Greenhouse Emissions) was to raise awareness of everyday solutions to reducing greenhouse emissions available to everyday people, every day.