A couple of years ago Dayboro resident Kate Moore couldn’t have pictured herself riding up one of Brisbane’s highest peaks as part of a fitness challenge — but in April she’ll be doing just that.
The 63-year-old will take on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride & Mt Coot-tha Challenge 75km event, featuring a timed 2.3km, 9 per cent climb up Brisbane’s highest peak, despite being a relative newcomer to the sport.
Ms Moore said her son Patrick and his passion for cycling is what encouraged her to take up the sport.
“I was looking for a way to keep healthy and fit but I also wanted it to be enjoyable,” she said.
“Patrick is a great cyclist and one day he offered to loan me his road bike to give it a go.
“I absolutely loved it and learnt that there’s opportunities and support to learn to cycle safely and well at any age.
“Now I’m getting fitter, not just older! I hope this will encourage other women out there to get involved.”
Ms Moore said as her fitness improved through lessons she decided to take part in the Great Brisbane Bike Ride in 2017.
“I cycled further than I ever had before, managed every hill and had fun,” she said.
“Now of course I want to better last year’s Coot-tha Challenge time!”
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 https://gbbr.com.au/
For more information, visit Bicycle Queensland at bq.org.au.
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