What are you doing? Vicky Wieghtman has answered this question to many a passer-by as she matches the stages and kilometres of the Tour De France. Peddling on a stationary bike outside her Urangan business, The Liquid Lounge, Vicky is raising money for osteosarcoma, Paddle Out for Whales and Pet Warriors.
What are you doing? Vicky Wieghtman has answered this question to many a passer-by as she matches the stages and kilometres of the Tour De France. Peddling on a stationary bike outside her Urangan business, The Liquid Lounge, Vicky is raising money for osteosarcoma, Paddle Out for Whales and Pet Warriors. Valerie Horton

Hervey Bay woman on her own Tour de France fundraiser

EACH day, 198 cyclists snake through the hills of France and one Hervey Bay woman is keeping up.

Vicky Weightman owns the Liquid Lounge cafe in Urangan.

For the past week, she has been mimicking the world's most gruelling bike race outside her shop each day on a stationary bike to raise money for Paddle for the Whales and the Fraser Coast Pet Warriors.

Ms Weightman doesn't have a driver's licence and relies completely on her bike to get around.

One afternoon she took her love for riding and told her business partner she would turn it into a fundraiser.

"I just said I'll match the Tour de France and we ran with it," she said.

"We've called it the tour de land and I'm personally matching kilometre for kilometre day to day what they do on the tour."

Ms Weightman said she underestimated the challenge that lay ahead.

"When I first started I thought yeah this is easy, I'll have no headwind to worry about and no hills to ride up," she said.

"It's harder than riding on the road because if I don't pedal I don't clock up the kilometres; I can't free spin."

Ms Weightman didn't have much training leading into the challenge but said she did it for the thrill.

"It's something different and something fun," she said.

People wishing to donate money can do so at the shop.

They can also ride alongside Ms Weightman and donate $5 for every 5km.

She hopes to make it an annual event and plans to buy a replica yellow jersey for next year.

The tour will finish on July 21.



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