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Challenge ready

READY TO RIDE: ‘Are We There Yet’ team members from Mareeba Kellie McKeown, Debbie Jerome, Pam Lavers, Giulia Pilat and Gleyns Pilat are excited ahead of the 2019 Cardiac Challenge.

LOCAL Mareeba cycling team ‘Are We There Yet’ are all ready to tackle the roads ahead as they get set to take part in the 2019 Cardiac Challenge.

The challenge sees participant saddle up and ride from Cairns to Cooktown in a gruelling endurance event covering more than 250km over three days from September 21-23.

All riders put their fundraising money and efforts towards the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation with all funds raised by the annual event devoted to improving health care services in Far North Queensland.

Mareeba based team ‘Are We There Yet’ have currently raised more than $6,500, with team captian Pam Lavers very pleased with their efforts and looking forward to the event.

“We have had this team going since 2014,” she said.

“My original motivation for doing the challenge was to do it with my husband.

“It also keeps us healthy and looking after our hearts.”

All members of the team have been affected by heart problems, whether themselves or a loved one.

“We’ve all had family members who have been affected,” Mrs McKeown said.

Mrs Pilat has asked motorists to take care on the range on the Saturday (September 21).

“We ask that cars take care on the range as some riders will be coming up the range on the day of the event,” Mrs Pilat said.

“Normally we would ride in a pack with vehicles at both ends but coming up the range will be single file.”

Mrs Lavers encourages people to come along and wish all the teams good luck. The riders will pass through Mareeba and make a stop at Rotary Park on Saturday, September 21.

The community is welcome to come along and show their support of the riders and the great event that helps improve health services for the region.

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