Biggest Ever Brissie To The Bay Bike Ride

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27th June 2010, 01:55pm - Views: 571
Biggest Ever Brissie To the Bay Bike Ride

Thousands of families, corporate teams and even a man in a tutu descended on South Bank this morning for the annual Enerflex MS Brissie to the Bay charity bike ride.

Cyclists of all ages and backgrounds, and more than a few colourful characters, rode one of three distances . the 10km, 25km or 50km routes . to support Queenslanders living with multiple sclerosis.

Now in its 19th year and the biggest charity ride of its kind, the event is the flagship fundraiser for MS Australia . QLD and raises money to fund vital support services and research projects.

"With more than 4000 riders registered to take part, this was by far our biggest year yet," event manager Julia Faul said.

Jessie Priest, a 28 year old sales executive from Greenslopes, formed the Hot Pants team with a group of friends and rode the 50km route today.

"It was so much fun getting friends together to do something active and worthwhile,"Ms Priest said. "There were 13 of us and we raised more than $2200, which we're pretty happy with."

Despite the name, she said the team decided against wearing actual hot pants because of chilly weather this morning. However plenty of other participants took the opportunity to dress up in costume, including a gentleman who wore a tutu and the circus]inspired team of riders.

"We're thrilled with the overwhelming success of the ride and wish to thank everyone who did their part to help Queenslanders living with multiple sclerosis," Ms Faul said.

"We are hopeful of reaching our fundraising target of $300,000 and people can still donate to the cause by visiting www.BrissieToTheBay.com.au."

The Enerflex MS Brissie to the Bay is proudly sponsored by Enerflex . a driving force in energy, Bike Force, Network Ten, Quest . City News, Radio 4BH, Cycling Queensland and Baulderstone.

Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurological condition among young adults and the average age of diagnosis is just 30. It affects three times more women than men.

For more information, images or interviews please contact Shannon Molloy, MS Queensland media and communications manager, on 0415 532 114 or [email protected]

High resolution images available on request.

SOURCE: MS Society of Queensland

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