34-year-old Tarragindi local Eamon Barker is a competitive runner, secretly turned cyclist, determined to one-up his mate at the Mt Coot-tha Challenge.
The idea spawned over a couple of drinks — Eamon challenged his cyclist friend to a 21km run and in turn that friend challenged Eamon to a 100km ride.
Eamon said at the time he didn’t even own a bike, let alone been capable of riding 100km, and has been training in secret for the past month.
“My mate doesn’t know yet, but I’ll be joining him at the Great Brisbane Bike Ride & Coot-tha Challenge in April, he said.
“As soon as the challenge was set with us both signing up for the run, I was off getting my first road bike and planning out how I was going to go from zero skills to cleats and 100km rides in just eight weeks.
“I’ve gone from not having ridden a bike in many years to riding a road bike with cleats for the first time ever.
“I’ve been selective with posting my Strava and Garmin activities to level the playing field.
“By the time we reach the bottom of Coot-tha, I reckon I’ll have a shot at taking him on.”
Eamon said he was looking forward to proving you don’t need to be a seasoned cyclist to take on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride, firing up his competitive streak and seeing the shock on his mate’s face.
“The 5am training starts will all be worth it when I take on the Coot-tha Challenge in April with my mate,” he said.
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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