Year 10 Pittsworth student Johanna Wilson will put her cycling skills to the test this April to claim the title of the youngest person to complete the Great Brisbane Bike Ride & Coot-tha Challenge 110km event.
The annual Bicycle Queensland ride offers a 110km, 75km and 40km route with an optional climb up Brisbane’s highest peak — which Johanna is keen to smash.
Johanna said she was a passionate rider and had been looking forward to taking on a big challenge like Mt Coot-tha for the first time.
“I fell in love with cycling after seeing how much my parents enjoyed it,” she said.
“Their business, a gym called Hound Dog Fit, had 12 indoor cycles and that’s where everyone found their burning passion for riding.
“We got road bikes and started going on regular outdoor rides together.
“I love the complete freedom and beauty in the sport and can’t wait to ride every Sunday morning!”
Johanna said training rides had become her favourite part of the day and that she had been working hard to achieve her goals.
“I love the fresh air hitting my face, being outdoors, seeing new places and keeping fit at the same time,” she said.
“I’ve started taking on bigger rides in preparation for Mt Coot-tha which will be my first ever attempt and only my second big ride.
“I know I’ve got the full support of my Hound Dog Fit Team, beautiful friends and family.
“There are two things I want to conquer — to finish the ride averaging 20km per hour and to tackle Mt Coot-tha without walking!”
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage commended Johanna for inspiring others.
“Johanna is a shining example of what can be achieved through determination and grit,” Ms Savage said.
“We hope her story will inspire others to get involved in cycling – for fitness and fun, and to enjoy the great outdoors.
“Johanna set herself a goal and then she worked persistently to achieve it – her discipline will set her up for success in life and we are honoured to have her riding with us.”
The Great Brisbane Bike Ride & Coot-tha Challenge will be held on Sunday, 29 April.
The 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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