63-year-old Molendinar cyclist Chris Bulmer will be a stand out entrant in this year’s Great Brisbane Bike Ride, celebrating his tenth anniversary in the event by raising funds for Diabetes Queensland.
He started cycling to stay fit while travelling internationally for work, and currently rides about 120km a week.
“I’ve been lucky to travel for work and where possible I always try to get a ride in when I am away,” Mr Bulmer said.
“It’s a great way to explore new places, experience different cultures, and to maintain good health.”
“Getting into cycling has really helped me stay happy and healthy but there are many people out there who have to deal with chronic, debilitating diseases like diabetes.
“Encouraging others to take up cycling to improve their heath and reduce their risk, while raising funds for those requiring support, is what keeps me motivated throughout this challenge.”
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said he was a shining example for all Queenslanders to follow.
“Chris is a great example of how persistence and hard work pays off – it has clearly kept him young at heart and super fit,” Ms Savage said.
“We’d love to see a great turn out from the Gold Coast in this year’s event, in our quest to get more people cycling for fitness and fun, and to enjoy the great outdoors.
“All proceeds will go to our charity partner Diabetes Queensland – to support the estimated 500,000 Queenslanders who are either undiagnosed, have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing the condition – every day about 60 Queenslanders are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.”
Mr Bulmer said he hoped by sharing his story he could encourage more people to cycle more often.
“Unlike some sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill and can be done at either a low intensity or as a demanding physical workout,” he said.
“The Great Brisbane Bike Ride 40km challenge is the perfect option for me — allowing me the satisfaction of tackling the Gateway Bridge — one of my favourite parts of the ride.
“Coming together with like-minded people, challenging yourself, and cheering everyone on is the best feeling.”
The April 29 Bicycle Queensland event is for people of all ages and fitness levels, with three course options – 110km, 75km, and 40km – as well as a Family Fun Ride.
For more daring riders there will be an optional Mount Coot-tha Challenge — a timed 2.3km, 9 per cent climb, up Brisbane’s highest peak.
Set yourself a challenge and register today at https://gbbr.com.au/
For more information, visit Bicycle Queensland at bq.org.au.
Photo caption L-R: Chris Bulmer and colleague Jordan Rogers completing Brisbane to Gold Coast 2016.
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