From cycle class to Brisbane’s biggest climb, Bellbowrie resident Liz Nelson doesn’t shy away from a challenge.
The 48-year-old exercise scientist and cycling coach is about to tackle her fourth Great Brisbane Bike Ride and Coot-tha Challenge this April.
Ms Nelson said she was looking forward to getting back on the bike after achieving a personal best time up the hill last year.
“Last year three of the first five women to reach the top of Mt Coot-tha were all over 40 — it goes to show that we can achieve anything with hard work and persistence,” she said.
“As a cycling coach I see many women who think they would never be able to complete a ride like that – but they can with the correct training and preparation – and I encourage them to do it.
“I’m coaching a novice rider to take part in the 75km event this year and we’ve already completed Mt Coot-tha for practice. It can be done. Even they were shocked.”
Ms Nelson said she had been a fitness instructor teaching cycle classes for years before trying a road bike.
“After teaching cycle classes for so long, I thought it was high time I learned how to ride a real bike! And doing my first Coot-tha Challenge in 2012 was part of that experience,” she said.
“I’ve been a passionate advocate for cycling ever since.
“Cycling is such a great sport, it is social and can also be competitive.
“It’s especially rewarding for women in their 40s and 50s like me. Once you build confidence on your bike you too can take on challenges like Mt Coot-tha.
“I absolutely love seeing people I’ve coached taking on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride, getting out of their comfort zone and feeling a great sense of satisfaction out of achieving a personal challenge.”
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.
For more information, visit Bicycle Queensland at bq.org.au.
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