First cyclist home Sam Penny from Nanango and sister Greer Penny after the Waddle, Saddle and Pedal at Killarney. After he finished the ride, he walked back to meet up with his sister.
First cyclist home Sam Penny from Nanango and sister Greer Penny after the Waddle, Saddle and Pedal at Killarney. After he finished the ride, he walked back to meet up with his sister. Gerard Walsh

A bit of training makes a difference for gorge cyclist

RIDING 10 kilometres a day was all it took for Nanango cyclist Sam Penny to improve 30 spots in the Waddle, Saddle and Pedal to Cambanoora Gorge.

While the ride is not competitive, some of the cyclists aimed for a good time after starting at 8am Sunday.

There was a record number of 90 riders on horseback as well as a large turnout of cyclists and walkers.

Sam rode his bike through water up to 30cm deep and only fell once as he negotiated the 14 Condamine River crossings each way to the gorge and back.

His sister Greer admitted she was less game and walked her bike across each crossing.

"I came last year and finished behind 30 cyclists. This year I was first to finish the event,” Sam said.

"This year I have ridden 10 kilometres a day in training and have a better bike.”

After he finished the cycle ride, he walked back two crossings so he could walk alongside his sister for the final parts of her ride.

The Killarney Lions Club put on a sausage sizzle for the end of the ride.