Birkdale resident’s milestone cycle challenge

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April 4, 2021


The Mt Coot-tha Challenge is an annual tradition for 63-year-old Birkdale resident Russell Southall, who will celebrate a decade of tackling the Great Brisbane Bike Ride this April.

Mr Southall said he was looking forward to the 110km ride, featuring a 2.3km, 9 per cent climb up Brisbane’s highest peak.

“I enjoy the challenge and in my tenth year I am aiming to finish with my best time yet,” he said.

“I started cycling in 2001 as a preferred method for commuting to the city and over time my passion for bike riding grew.

“As my bike fitness improved I decided to push myself to take on bigger challenges like mass ride events.

“The Great Brisbane Bike Ride has been a highlight on my calendar every year since.”

Mr Southall will be one of more than 2000 riders converging on Brisbane from around the state this month to take part in the Bicycle Queensland event.

“Bike riding is for all ages, fitness levels and abilities and the Great Brisbane Bike Ride has events suitable for everyone,” he said.

“There’s no better way to enjoy some of Brisbane’s best sights.”

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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