Tingalpa resident Garry Kuhn isn’t one to shy away from a challenge – setting himself a goal of climbing Brisbane’s highest peak this April.
The 66-year-old retiree will take on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride 75km event this year, featuring a 2.3km, 9 per cent climb up Mt Coot-tha.
Mr Kuhn said he took part in his first Great Brisbane Bike Ride in 2006 and had been a keen participant ever since.
“I don’t set any records, I am one of the slower riders in the timed ascent, but I enjoy the challenge and plan to keep attempting the climb up Mt Coot-tha while I am capable,” he said.
“It’s not about being the fittest or fastest, merely the satisfaction of taking part and finishing.”
Mr Kuhn is not afraid of long distance cycling challenges, taking part in consecutive 100km Brisbane to Gold Coast and 8-day Cycle Queensland rides.
“I’ve competed 13 consecutive Brisbane to Gold Coast events and I’ve also signed up to the Cycle Queensland 9-day ride event in Far North Queensland later this year,” he said.
“l did the 9-day adventure tour last year from Goondiwindi to Gold Coast which was 5,500 metres of climbing over 550km.
“There’s no better feeling than setting a physical and mental challenge and being able to tick it off your list.”
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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