Event organiser Steve Rainbow presents Heritage Bank representative Michelle Kuskie with a signed shirt acknowledging the sponsor’s contribution.
Event organiser Steve Rainbow presents Heritage Bank representative Michelle Kuskie with a signed shirt acknowledging the sponsor’s contribution.

Community benefits from cycling events

CYCLISTS and organisers gathered at the Ipswich Jets Leagues Club for the Heritage Bank Ipswich 100 Bike Ride presentation evening to celebrate another successful year for the annual Ipswich event.

The Ipswich cycling event began in 2000 as a charity fundraiser organised and supported by Lions clubs in the Ipswich region.

Since then the ride has raised in excess of one million dollars, with more than $800,000 provided to beneficiaries directly or through funds provided to affiliated Lions clubs.

Event organiser Steve Rainbow, from Articulate Framing, praised Heritage Bank for their support.

"They have been the major sponsor of the event since 2010," Rainbow said.

"This year marks the seventh consecutive year the event has been named the Heritage Bank Ipswich100.

"It was another successful year and it's a great chance to give back to the community."

This year's annual ride was held on April 17 in the middle weekend of the Ipswich Festival.

It was a part of a big cycling weekend for Ipswich, with cyclists flocking to the city for the ride and for two Ipswich City Council sponsored criterion races and other cycling activities that were held for the inner city on the Saturday.

This year, with the help of 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund, the Heritage Bank Ipswich100 featured five rides catering to all types of cyclists, with all courses starting and finishing at the USQ Springfield campus.

These ranged from a 5km on campus family and kids ride, to a 170km road ride within the Scenic Rim, taking in Walloon, Rosewood, Warrill View, Harrisville, Kalbar, Mt Alford, Boonah and Peak Crossing before returning to Ipswich.

Three other rides within this route give further options of 100km, 50km and 25km.

Other sponsors were St Andrews Ipswich Private Hospital, Exact Radiology, My Life Medical, Yellow Jersey, Ipswich City Council, USQ, Physio Active, 24/7 Cycling Fund, Blue Ribbon Motors, Ipswich Festival, IHF, Got That Shot Photography, Ipswich SES and Articulate Framing.

This year, just over $70,000 was donated to beneficiaries such as Ipswich Hospital Foundation, McIntyre Riding for the Disabled Centre, 24/7 Safe Cycling Fund, Team Cupcake, Ipswich SES, Epilepsy Queensland, Lions Youth Emergency Accommodation Centre.

Lions clubs involved included Boonah, Fassifern, Harrisville, Rosewood, Ipswich, Forest Lake, Brisbane Inner West and Moggill-Mt Crosby.

Rainbow said planning for next year's event would begin soon.

"It's a lot of work but the date for the next one is already confirmed for Sunday, April 23,'' he said.