South Brisbane PhD students Sarah Reedman, Ellen Armstrong and Matthew Ahmadi are putting research into practice this April when they take on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride & Coot-tha Challenge.
All three students work at the Centre for Children’s Health Research studying physical activity intervention and measurement, including cycling and its ability to help children with cerebral palsy.
Ms Reedman said their research efforts inspired them to take on a cycling challenge of their own.
“We are definitely committed to the cycling cause for both work and play — taking on the Coot-tha Challenge as first timers,” Ms Reedman said.
“The work we’ve been doing with children with cerebral palsy, and the positive change we’ve witnessed as a result of a fun physical intervention like cycling, is what inspired us to take it on as a more serious hobby.
“We are all passionate about the work we do and this is a great way of demonstrating that anyone can take on a new challenge. It’s something we can’t wait to share with the kids.”
As part of Ms Reedman’s work promoting physical activity in children with cerebral palsy, cycling was the most popular chosen activity goal.
“It’s really great to see so many kids keen to take up an activity like cycling and for us as researchers to be able to promote innovations that make cycling more accessible to people across Brisbane,” she said.
“As part of this event we hope to demonstrate just how wonderful and beneficial cycling is as a physical activity – although we do have a lot of training to do as first timers.
“We’re up for the challenge – and if we can do it – anyone can!”
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 http://gbbr.com.au/
For more information, visit Bicycle Queensland at bq.org.au.
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