Girls rely on some real horsepower for jaunt

MOST of the vehicles were human-powered, but there were some who used other horsepower in the Cycle for Cancer on the weekend.

The Cycle for Cancer from Biloela to Dululu is held in conjunction with the Lindsay Wust Memorial Motorbike run, but it was horsepower of a different kind you might not expect to see in a cycle ride that drew attention.

Biloela women Katrina Cullearn, Sheree Hogan and Natasha Smith joined the ride, but on their horses.

Natasha thought of the idea and told her friends Katrina and Sheree.

“I decided to take part in the ride, as I believe we all did, because it is an important cause and even just raising awareness is important,” Sheree said.

The horse riders did not ride all the way, only as far as the trio believed the horses could go.

The horsewomen raised $844 and thanked Thangool Possums players and supporters, The Seat Shop and Wright Clark Solicitors for their donations ... and Biloela Nissan for the loan of a three-horse float.

The Harrisons made it a family affair with parents Fiona and David and son Keagan getting onto their bikes to do the 70km ride.

Fiona said they were inspired to take part by not only because of the worthy cause in fundraising for cancer research, but by the death from cancer a few years ago of Fiona's mother.

Sunwater employee Fiona said it was a fun community event. They had completed 50km of training during the week leading up to the weekend ride, but 12-year-old Keagan wasn't as thrilled to be riding 70km as his parents.

Fiona said fitness was important to them, as she goes to the gym, Keagan plays tennis and Callide Power Station worker David runs.

And their legs would provide the horsepower.

“The motorbikes are the smart ones,” Fiona said.

“Our legs are our engines,” she added.

“Hopefully we can rely on them.”

Henry Hahn, 67, whom Central Telegraph profiled before the ride, completed the “Tour De Dululu”.

Organiser Bill Wilson was still tallying the funds raised from the 37 cyclists that took part but expected to raise $3000.

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