Nothing can get in the way of Ian Brock’s love for cycling or desire to tackle new challenges.
The Enoggera local has a rare hereditary disease that causes severe weakness in both legs, resulting in paraplegia.
Mr Brock said cycling had always been a big part of his life for both fitness and fun.
“I started riding on a two-wheeled bike 25 years ago and as my condition worsened I progressed to recumbent bikes,” he said.
“I would never give up cycling. It is something that I do almost every day and I love it — although not as much in the summer months!
“I kept finding new ways to ride, from recumbent bicycles, to handcycles, to building my very own lightweight customised handcycle from scratch.
“I’ve also got an electric handcycle to help on longer rides.”
Mr Brock said he was always looking for a new challenge and had committed to his first ever group ride event in April.
“I’ve always wanted to try a mass group riding event and the Great Brisbane Bike Ride looked like the perfect starting point,” he said.
“I’ve registered for the 40km event and members of my local recumbent club will also be going along.
“Cycling is so important to me and I hope to share that passion with others by sharing my experience and demonstrating that riding is a great activity for people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities.”
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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