Charity cyclists Travis Shields (left) and Chris McLeod have abandoned their charity ride along the Bruce Highway because it is too dangerous.
Charity cyclists Travis Shields (left) and Chris McLeod have abandoned their charity ride along the Bruce Highway because it is too dangerous. Nikita Watts

Riders stay away from killer road

THESE cyclists are lucky to have made it to Yeppoon – and that’s not because of the ocean views.

Travis Shields and Chris McLeod, from Sydney, on Thursday said they were fortunate to be alive after cycling along the Bruce Highway last week.

They say the state of the road has forced them to find an alternative route.

The men are part of a team of six cycling around Australia in 80 days as part of Cycle For Smile to raise money for rare diseases.

Relaxing on Yeppoon’s Main Beach esplanade after a day of cycling from Emu Park to Yeppoon, Chris said the highway was a “death trap” and the group would have to plan a different course to stay off the “dangerous” road.

“We have all cycled around the world. Together, we have up to 30 years of experience, but it is the worst stretch of road for all of us.

“The drivers and truckies are good, but the road is dangerous; there is nowhere to go, no shouldering and nowhere for trucks to drive on gravel on the side of the road.”

Chris said the group was now working out inland routes, or would travel by van if they had to use the highway, as there was no way they would risk their lives again.

“We will go inland as much as possible to avoid it,” he said.

“It’s certainly living up to its reputation of being a notorious stretch of highway.”

The worst for the group was between Maryborough and Gladstone.

“We have been told it’s even worse (past Rockhampton)” Chris said.

The group is averaging 200km a day and travelled 1400km in the first seven days.

The event is the first for the Smile Foundation and is a personal journey for Chris whose daughter has a rare chromosome disease.

What keeps him peddling is the photographs of his children taped to the frame of his bike.

To donate, visit www.cycleforsmile.com.au.



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