A fitness fundraiser started last year by the Tambo Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association has taken off in a big way.
Renamed the Tour de Tambo, 89 cyclists from Longreach, Blackall, Alpha, Augathella and Tambo tackled four different distances – an 80 kilometre mountain bike ride, or 80km, 25km and 10km bitumen rides.
Orgaiser Kimberley Rains said the Ward Road was a popular choice for the route, thanks to a tail wind and a 10km downhill run into Tambo.
“It was a perfect overcast day for riding too,” she said.
First home in the 80km mountain bike ride was Blackall’s Jason Sprague, in a time of three hours and 35 minutes.
A popular addition for the kids’ bikes were Gerard Johnson Transport road train rider cards.
For the second year in a row, local artist and ICPA member, Pip Fearon, donated a horse sculpture crafted out of gidyea found in the paddocks at Ivanhoe for auction.
Although many attended the auction in the hope of taking it home but Mardi Noonan was not to be outbid this year, paying $2500.
Poto now stands at Fanny Mae’s Café in Tambo, attracting lots of attention from passing travellers and locals.
Kimberley said the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council and the Charleville Rotary Club both contributed greatly to the day, so that riders and ICPA members could enjoy the live music by local band, Red Ridge.