More than 700 people will invade Goondiwindi, Yelarbon, Inglewood and Texas in 2017 for the Cycle Queensland’s Gundy-to-the-Gold Coast Event.

Goondiwindi is a regular on the Bicycle Queensland map.

Goondiwindi is a regular on the Bicycle Queensland map.

All roads lead to Goondiwindi.

More than 700 people will invade Goondiwindi, Yelarbon, Inglewood and Texas in 2017 for the Cycle Queensland’s Gundy-to-the-Gold Coast Event.

Cycle Queensland has a strong association with Goondiwindi having run events from here before.

Former Goondiwindi Regional Councillor, Dave McMahon said it’s great news for the town and the region.

“This annual event is a big awareness campaign by Cycle Queensland to get us on our bikes, and for our region, it’s a two-way ride: the awareness and a big boost economically for the region and our towns,” he said.

Goondiwindi, Yelarbon, Texas and Inglewood will all benefit, he said.

“The business and community groups will be the winners here. Usually events are particular to one town but this one will visit four of them in four days.”

The annual event takes in 500kms over nine days with participants camping in towns along the way.

The event is planned for early September with representatives from Cycle Qld visiting the region to shore up community support.

 “It certainly looks like a busy September in 2017 with the State Caravan Rally also expected to bring 700 people into Goondiwindi for seven days from September 18,” Mr McMahon said.

It certainly looks like a busy September in 2017 with the State Caravan Rally also expected to bring 700 people into Goondiwindi for seven days from September 1. - David McMahon

“With the date of the ride open for discussion perhaps there’s  a chance to link in with Gourmet in Gundy ?” he said.

The origins of Cycle Queensland began back in 1998 when Bicycle Queensland (BQ) started preparations for what became the inaugural event in 2002. 

A three-day base camp ride called “Cycle Samford” saw 100 riders head off.

And BQ realised they were on to something.

At the time BQ had two staff and about 2,500 members.

Today it has 13 staff and 18,000 members and organises a range of cycling events, including Cycle Queensland and the biggest in Queensland – the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge.

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