Cyclists to converge on Agnes Water
NINE days on a bike - now that's got to be a pain in the bum.
Saddle sores and aching muscles are par for the course on one of the country's biggest cycling tours.
And there's one family that loves its tour de coast so much that it keeps coming back for more.
John and Tina McCullough, along with daughter Emily, are among the 1100 cyclists and support crew kicking off the 540km 2014 Cycle Queensland Adventure Tour in Agnes Water on Saturday.
Saddling up for their eighth tour, the family from St Mary's Bay in Auckland is among the swelling ranks of New Zealanders taking part in the event.
"Every year in February I ask the same question, 'Are we going to Cycle Queensland this year or are we going to lie on a beach in Fiji?," Mrs McCullough said.
"Over the years we have managed to bring or influence a couple of people to join us and this year is super exciting for Emily as her cycling buddy Ella and her dad Brett are coming along."
Emily was four when the family took part in their first tour. Back then she took the easy option - hitching a ride in a bike trailer.
Her parents bought a 20-inch-wheel three-seater tandem bike when the youngster turned nine.
Last year the little tacker rode the route from Mission Beach to Port Douglas on her own bike.
The tour will start with a 38km loop around Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy from 10am on Saturday.
Cyclists will then head off on an adventure through central and south-east Queensland destinations.