Babinda Audax – 22 May 2021

A huge thanks to Sean and Mary and their team (Kerri, Eric, Kaylene and Dave) for a wonderfully relaxing and scenic ride from Babinda. Did I mention relaxing ???? Wonderful scenery, a well organised ride, great riding partners, yummy pies and nothing else for us to do – not even register on time or get there more than two seconds before the kick-off (sorry Sean).

Sean had given us a great tip-off about a place to stay in Babinda the night before. We have to admit, we were a little skeptical at first…….. Historically, Queensland Health venues (or ex-venues) have not been high on my list of “must-visit” places in my recreational hours.

But that all changed once we got inside – definitely worth a stop-over !! (Thanks Gary)

And when the ride was over, Sean even provided a ride report !!!! Gotta love that bloke.

Babinda Audax – 22 May 2021Pies and Cream Buns on the Roads Less Travelled

We had nearly 50 riders start our very first Babinda Audax as we explored the ‘Roads Less Travelled’ in beautiful countryside of the Yidinji Traditional Owners on Saturday 22nd May. It was a staggered start to reduce the impact on local traffic and the early sunrise did not disappoint.

Special mention goes to the riders who started in Cairns and cycled to and from the event to turn it into a whopping 200+ km although it was clear who was the real legend!

Another briefing and the riders were eager to start before the rain came!

All routes went to one of the jewels in FNQ, Babinda Boulders before heading to the roads less travelled in East Russell.

East Russell did not disappoint with highlights of deer spotting and a beautiful rainbow.

The longer distances went to Bramston Beach for the only control point and some yummy treats while the longest distance did a detour home via Josephine Falls.

It was then back to Babinda for a visit to FNQ best bakery for a pie or cream bun or both! The common opinion was the queue in the bakery was worth the wait!

Alas we can control a lot of things, but the weather was not one of them and the forecast showers made conditions difficult especially navigating cane tram tracks…….

although it did not dampen the smiles at the finish line!

Many thanks to the amazing volunteers who made the event a success (Kerri, Eric, Kaylene, Dave, Mary & Sean) and we look forward to seeing you on the next FNQ Audax.

(14 June 2021)

"No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle" Winston Churchill