Coot-tha Challenge inspires lifestyle change

News & Media

March 15, 2018


Sofia Leong’s love of cycling led to the adoption of a new life mantra – to keep balance in your life you have to keep moving. No matter how slow.

The 40-year-old Nundah resident took up cycling in her 30s, progressing from nervous rider keen competitor.

This April, Ms Leong will take on the Great Brisbane Bike Rid & Coot-tha Challenge 110km event, featuring a timed 2.3km, 9 per cent climb up Brisbane’s highest peak.

Ms Leong said she decided to start riding to improve her mental and physical health.

“I grew up as an overweight student and when I became a working executive I faced challenges in life from physical to career to family and self-worth,” she said.

“I knew I needed to change something in my life and taking up cycling has allowed me to exercise while connecting with nature. Now it’s something I look forward to every day.

“I was a late-comer to the sport but now I participate in events around the world including cycling sprints, Olympic triathlons and century rides.”

Ms Leong said of all the mountains she has tackled, Mt Coot-tha was one of her favourites.

“Mt Coot-tha allows me to focus on consistency, possess mental tenacity, and deal with any adversity that comes my way,” she said.

“The view at the top is magnificent.

“I want to get the best out of myself every single day and I hope I can get other women to join me on this ride.

“I keep exploring my limits and redefining my fitness boundaries and riding challenges like this has helped develop my confidence and made me feel incredibly proud of how far I have come.”

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

For more information, visit Bicycle Queensland at




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