At 5:35 on the morning of Saturday the 24th of November, Hervey Bay rider Troy Geltch set off from the Maryborough Post Office, with Bundaberg his target. There was no known men's record for the journey, and the fastest women's time of 6hr30m was set by Joyce Barry on her 1938 Brisbane-Rockhampton record ride.
Geltch said he had a westerly crosswind for the trip, but luckily avoided a later northerly change. He wasn't unduly hindered by the conditions, as he recorded a stunning 37kmh average for the 112km journey, finishing with a remarkable time of 3:02:51, almost 3 and a half hours ahead of Barry's record!
Geltch says he's planning to tackle other records, and to encourage more people to take up the challenge.
Kin Kin record breaker Lachlan Davis left the Brisbane GPO at 4:30 on the morning of Saturday the 10th of November, aiming to break Kevin Cassidy's 1948 Brisbane-Esk record, and lower the Brisbane-Toogoolawah, Ipswich-Esk, and Ipswich-Toogoolawah records.
Lachlan was aiming to take 2.5 minutes off the Brisbane-Esk record, and to reduce his own Brisbane-Toogoolawah record from 5:08:28 to 4:45:00, but with mild temperatures and a light tailwind he reached Esk nearly 15 minutes ahead of the record with a time of 3:41:13. He finished the ride at the Toogoolawah Post Office in 4:19:47, nearly 50 minutes faster than his previous time.
Ipswich-Esk fell by nearly 17 minutes to 2:10:33, and Ipswich-Toogoolawah by nearly 40 minutes to 2:48:07.