Riders arrive home after arduous tour
MANY hills, miles and aches later, Shona Russell and Janelle 'Woody' Eastwood have returned home.
The pair once again tackled the Tour de Cure, raising funds for the fight against cancer.
Ms Eastwood said their training had paid off.
"We were very pleasantly relieved that our preparations held us in good stead," she said.
"We didn't get left behind on the hills."
The Brisbane to Sydney ride saw them meet some amazing people along the way.
"There was a very small boy who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour," Ms Eastwood said.
"The doctor spoke about the research that had been funded by the Tour de Cure, with the money allowing them to develop a treatment.
"When people say 'Little bits make a difference', they really do."
Ms Eastwood said there were even a few riders currently battling the curse of cancer themselves.
"Some of them were stage four cancer sufferers," she said.
"You think 'Wow, it's pretty gutsy that you can be on your bike while you're still fighting it'."
With the ride now complete, the local ladies have so far raised more than $35,000, with a target of around $50,000 by the time donations close at the end of the financial year.
"Which is awesome for two girls from Airlie Beach," Ms Eastwood said.
The pair still have a few fundraising aces up their sleeve, with a pink inflatable boat yet to be raffled off.
For raffle tickets, contact the ladies on Facebook or visit Ms Eastwood at work at Whitsunday Ocean Services.
Search Shona and Woody - Tour De Cure on Facebook.
Tickets cost $10.