Local training sessions
The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation is passionate about encouraging people to ride bicycles – not just during the three-day Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge, but all year round!
Cycling is a great way to get fit and stay fit. It exercises lots of muscles - including your heart. (That’s one of the reasons why so many doctors and nurses in the Cardiac Care Unit at Cairns Hospital ride bikes themselves and take part in the Challenge every year!)
“Sea Breeze” Sunday morning rides
If you live in the Cairns area and would like to develop your bike riding skills and/or enjoy meeting some other cyclists, we suggest you join one of our regular Sunday morning rides, which depart from the Esplanade, opposite Sea Breeze Café at Cairns Hospital, at around 6.30am.
The emphasis is on enjoying a ride with like-minded souls – not rehearsing for the Tour de France!
We generally travel 50 to 60km and form different speed groups: you choose how much or how little you want to do.
We will support you, no matter what your level of cycling ability: offer advice about riding techniques and help you sort out any mechanical issues, if we can. Let us know if you need help and we’ll look after you!
If you wish to “push the envelope” a bit more, we can also suggest alternative ride routes and help you make contact with other cyclists, so you can ride with people who share a similar riding capacity.
Depending on the chosen route, the Sunday rides finish sometime between 9.30am and 10am, and all the riders meet up at a local eaterie for breakfast and a chat.
Are you interested in checking out the Sunday Sea Breeze rides? Follow this link Cardiac Challenge Facebook Page to view the ride calendar, ride maps and details about other events and activities we are planning this year.
Pump n Pedals
Organise various rides throughout the year which are advertised on their Facebook page. Many are female specific and also include bike maintenance training from time to time.
Location: Trinity Cycle Works, 40 Aplin Street, Cairns
Time: 6.30am every Saturday
Distance: About 50km
Contact: Oliver on 07 40516380
Cairns Bicycle Works
Location: Big fish (marlin) outside Stockland Shopping Centre, Mulgrave Rd, Earlville, Cairns
Time: Every Sunday, at 6am (in summer) and 6.30am (in winter)
Contact: Colin on 07 40330377
Women in Lycra
Leaving from Marlin coast bike shop Saturday mornings at 6.15am, riding to various locations.
The She Spokes women meet on Thursday mornings from 5.30am, with different riding groups for different ability levels. Check out their facebook group for further information.