CYCLISTS are expected to flock to Lake Morris Road on Saturday morning for the first of three road closures as training rides for the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge.
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation fundraising and marketing manager Glenys Duncombe said the Foundation was providing road closures for 4.5 hours to enable eager cyclists to undertake some training rides on hills in safety.
“We’re very conscious of cyclist and motorist safety so this is a great opportunity for cyclists to do those more intense hill climbs, knowing they will be safe,” Ms Duncombe said.
Between 6am and 10.30am this Saturday (August 15), as well as August 29 and September 12, Cairns Regional Council has granted permission for the road to be closed to motorists, while still enabling local traffic to use the road.
Traffic management will be in place at the base of the road for those four-and-a-half hours.
“We apologise for anyone who is inconvenienced, but it will only be a few short hours and they can be assured that cyclists are training and fundraising to help provide life saving cardiac equipment locally,” Ms Duncombe said.
“We have been working towards these road closures for some months now and we know that cyclists (not just those registered for Cardiac Challenge) will be grateful for the opportunity,” she said.
The Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge is an annual fundraising bike ride over three days from Cairns to Cooktown, raising funds for cardiac services at Cairns Hospital.
Cardiac Challenge is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a dynamic calendar of events throughout the state.
For further information, to donate or volunteer for the Foundation visit www.cardiacchallenge.com.au.
PICTURED: Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge instigator Peter McNally and fellow cyclist Aidan Wright.Back to all news