Riders

Welcome to the new revamped riders page. This is where you will find all the information you need to sign up to participate and extra information along the way. If you are new to the event or a veteran to this amazing cause, please use this page as a resource. Once you have registered, you’ll have access to the very detailed riders Handbook via your fundraising dashboard. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section on this website that you might find helpful. 

Registration fees

Every cyclist who undertakes the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge must pay a registration fee for participating in the event. Registration for the 2019 event (September 21-23) is open.

Adults (17 years and over)
“Early bird” registration fee: $320
Registration fee (from June 1): $380
Early bird registrations closes on May 31, 2019. After that date see below. 

Children aged 14 to 16 years*
Registration fee: $200

Children under 14 years*
Registration fee: $150

*No “early bird” discounts apply to child registration fees.
The registration fee covers meals, rider support and safety services, and other operational costs associated with running such a major event. Each cyclist also will receive an official Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge 2019 rider’s jersey. (See “Rider info” section for more details.)

Note: Riders under 18 years of age at the time of the event require written consent from a parent/guardian, in order to participate. They must also be accompanied by an adult during the three-day journey.

Rider registration deadline: July 31, 2019
Riders must register online. Click on the “Register” button on the top of any page of this website, if you are ready to sign up!

What does my fee cover?

The registration fee covers meals, rider support and safety services, and other operational costs associated with running such a major event. Each cyclist also will receive an official Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge 2019 rider’s jersey. (See “Rider info” section for more details.)

Fundraising commitment

The Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge is a charity fundraising event. Therefore, in addition to paying the registration fee, every rider who signs up for the Cardiac Challenge must agree to raise a minimum of $500 for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.
In order to assist riders in their fundraising efforts, each will automatically receive an online fundraising webpage as a part of the registration process for the event (whether they register as an individual or as a part of a team).
The Hospital Foundation has set a fundraising target of $350,000 for the 2018 Cardiac Challenge.
All funds raised by this event will be devoted to improving health care services in Far North Queensland. (See “How the ride saves lives” for more information.)
For tips and ideas on how to fundraise, visit the “Fundraising” section.
Note: Riders who fail to raise the minimum sum required ($500) before the start date for the 2019 Cardiac Challenge (September 21), will not be allowed to participate in the event.

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.
Other rides
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.
Oliver’s Ride
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)
Distance:          50-90km
Contact:            Colin on 07 40330377
Women in Lycra
Leaving from Marlin coast bike shop Saturday mornings at 6.15am, riding to various locations.
She Spokes
The She Spokes women meet on Thursdays from 5.30am, with different riding groups for different ability levels. Check out their Facebook group for further information.

On the Roads
  • The Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge is not a race.
  • For much of the event, you will ride in pack formation (as a legal requirement for our ride permit)
  • You will be assigned to a specific pack before the event, based on your nominated average speed capacity. (Details will be emailed to you.) Try to get to know the other members of your pack prior to the ride (if you can). Facebook groups will be established for each pack, once packs are determined by our ride director and you will be invited to join the group you have been assigned to. This is a great way to get to know your pack and pack leaders before the event.
  • On the second and third day of the Challenge, when riders are on quieter roads, some pack changes may be permissible, depending on numbers.
  • Two pack leaders will be assigned to each pack. They will maintain contact with the official escort vehicles and police which accompany the packs for safety and support purposes.
  • You will ride on public roads used by other traffic, so normal road rules apply. For example:
    • you must:move to the left to allow vehicles to overtake;
    • ride in single file where appropriate;
    • no more than two abreast at any time.
  • Be aware of fellow riders and other traffic. Be predictable. Indicate and call out your intention to slow down, stop or change direction
  • You must ride in a safe, responsible and courteous manner,and obey the directions of event officials and pack leaders at all times
  • Support vehicles are NOT allowed to closely follow riders, join them at drink stops or drive repeatedly past the ride packs in order to take photos/film footage. This behaviour could jeopardise the safety of everyone. Unless support vehicles are required to provide their riders with a lift up steep roads (such as the Kuranda Range), they should drive directly to the designated lunch stop, then on to the dinner/camp site.
  • Drink stops will be stationed at 20km intervals along the ride route.
  • Escort vehicles carry emergency  water supplies.
  • It is the camaraderie and support of other riders that will motivate you to keep going when you are feeling tired, irritable or sore.
  • The Cardiac Challenge proceeds in all weather – rain or shine. (But you won’t have to worry about cyclones, as September is outside the cyclone season!)
Accommodation

There is limited accommodation at Mt Carbine and Lakeland, however there are a number of accommodation options in Cooktown.We have exclusive access to campgrounds at Mt Carbine, Lakeland and the school grounds at Cooktown. If you decide to camp, and are unsupported, we will take your camping equipment and luggage in our transport trucks for the duration of the event. This year camping at Lakeland will be adjacent to the Lakeland Hotel.

Prep & Training

Preparing for the Ride
To gain maximum enjoyment from participating in the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge, riders should undertake some basic preparations in advance: get your body and your bike into shape!
Your body
Any reasonably fit person should be able to enjoy the ride, but cycling, like all other aerobic activities, uses specific muscles. While you may feel fit, because you walk, jog or run on a regular basis, if you suddenly start pedaling long distances you will rapidly – and painfully – discover muscles you did not realise you had!
You will need to gradually build up your general level of “cycling fitness” to enable you to comfortably cover the distance required each day.
The training program outlined below should help.* But remember, you don’t have to go overboard! Start with rides maintaining a steady pace and a high cadence. (About 80-100 rotations per minute is best.) It is actually more efficient to spin those legs, rather than push hard.
Just do what you can and try to maintain a regular cycling schedule.
*This program assumes you are starting from zero, cycling-wise. If you already cycle regularly, simply begin the program at the point where you feel most comfortable and then start to push beyond your comfort zone!

Your Bike

A comfortable bicycle that is suitable for sealed roads is your best choice for tackling the 333km ride.

If you own a mountain bike, we recommend you have “slick” tyres fitted for the ride. This will reduce your “rolling resistance” and make the whole event much easier.

You should also remember to:

  1. Take your bike to a bike shop for a service at least a month before the ride. (If you live in the Cairns region, don’t forget to book it in advance,as the local bike shops are very busy prior to the Cardiac Challenge!
  2. Ensure your bike is in a comfortable and efficient riding position. If it is adjusted to suit your particular body size and shape, you will feel more relaxed and able to ride longer distances with less effort. Your local bike shop should be able to help you set up your bike correctly.
  3. Make sure you check your shoes, cleats and bike set up including handlebars, seat and tyres, before the ride. And don’t forget your brakes!

Ensure you have a good grasp of basic bike maintenance, including how to change tyres!

Training program

*This program assumes you are starting from zero, cycling-wise. If you already cycle regularly, simply begin the program at the point where you feel most comfortable and then start to push beyond your comfort zone!

Week

Number of riding days

Consecutive riding days

Longest
ride (km)

Other rides (km)

Difficulty

1

3

2

20

10-15

Start easy, on flat terrain, while your bike and your body adjust to each other.

2

4

3

30

15-20

Start to introduce some hills

3

4

3

40

15-20

Try to tackle two hilly rides

4

5

3

50

15-20

Make one of the shorter rides a big hill climb – e.g. a one-kilometre climb without a break.

5

4

3

60

30-40

Include hills in all your rides, apart from one easy recovery ride. Try doing a decent hill climb twice during the early stage of a longer ride.

6

3

2

70

30-50

Include a one kilometre climb in your ride – Copperlode!

7

3

2

80

40-50

Include a one kilometre climb twice during your ride.

8

3

2

80

40-50

Now you’re ready for the Cardiac Challenge!

What to Take?

The Cardiac Challenge is a sporting adventure, not a luxury cruise, so keep it simple!

Here is a list of the basics:

  • bike (well-maintained)
  • bike helmet
  • spare bike parts (including spokes)
  • comfortable cycling gear, including your official Cardiac Challenge jersey (supplied)
  • water bottles (or camelbak)
  • sunscreen/sun hat
  • energy-boosting snack foods
  • plate, bowl, cutlery, cup and tea-towel
  • fold-up chair
  • tent and sleeping gear (if camping)
  • toiletries
  • personal medical supplies (including pain killers and lubricant!)
  • “aprez-ride” clothing and spending money

a sense of humour and team spirit! 😉