Australia’s largest bike ride to bypass Coolum

Australia’s largest and loudest annual motorbike ride, which took more than 40 minutes to pass through Coolum last year, will bypass the town this year because of safety and traffic concerns.

Almost 5000 bikes took part in The Ride for Daniel in 2007 and raised more than $50,000 for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, named in honour of the Palmwoods teenager who disappeared while waiting for a bus near the Kiel Mountain Overpass in December 2003.

The Ride for Daniel committee, police and the Main Roads Department decided to divert this year’s ride, to be held on Sunday, June 8, from populated areas because of safety concerns for spectators and other road-users.

Daniel’s father, Bruce Morcombe, said he expected even more riders than last year, when the procession stretched for more than 20km.

“We’re sorry not to go through the Ginger Factory area and Coolum Beach as last year so many people came out in force waving and supporting us but spectator safety is paramount,” Mr Morcombe said.

“We also want to minimise any inconvenience to other road users. Therefore the ride this year takes a scenic hinterland route from Nambour to Yandina to Cooroy before returning south along the Bruce Highway.”

The 110km ride will commence at 10am from the Big Pineapple (rider registration from 7am) and finish around noon at the Ettamogah Pub.

Organisers said the best places for spectators to cheer on the procession were the Big Pineapple; Currie Street, Nambour; Farrell Street, Yandina and the Ettamogah Pub.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was set up by Bruce and Denise Morcombe to financially assist other child victims of crime and to educate children about personal safety.

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