ON YOUR BIKE: Beerwah's Roger Bonhomme, 76, will tackle the 160km Brisbane to Gold Coast cycle challenge this month.
ON YOUR BIKE: Beerwah's Roger Bonhomme, 76, will tackle the 160km Brisbane to Gold Coast cycle challenge this month.

Veteran rider back on the bike and ready for the challenge

IF YOU are feeling lethargic and think age has rendered you a little apathetic about exercise, read on.

Roger Bonhomme once a regular bike rider, had not taken to his wheels for 60 years.

That changed when the 76-year-old Beerwah resident was given one of his son's old mountain bikes last Christmas. Something sparked in his brain and he set out on several trips around the Glass House Mountains and Ewan Maddock Dam. 

With his once passion for cycling rekindled he has now decided to take on the fast, flat and furious ride - the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge.

"I found (cycling around the Glass House Mountains) really enjoyable, so I moved onto a bigger project, the 160-kilometre Brisbane Valley Rail Trail," he said 

"Over five Sundays, I completed the whole length of the trail, with the longest leg a tough 84-kilometres. 

"I think the challenge of riding my first 100 kilometres from Brisbane to the Gold Coast is worth the effort - increasing my weekly rides in number and length, training, watching my diet, etc." 

Roger said he had been surprised and encouraged to see how many women enjoy cycling on the Sunshine Coast. 

"I've been absolutely amazed - young girls from around seven to ladies of, let's say a more distinguished age. 

"I'm hoping to find a lady rider with similar interests to mine, so it's wonderful to see." 

Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage encourages people of all ages and abilities to get involved in the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge. 

"Roger is living proof that you're never too old to get back on a bike and relive your childhood," she said. 

"He's an inspiration to so many others, demonstrating that age is no barrier to health and happiness - it is a great pathway to connecting with others and strengthening well-being." 

Thousands of riders will take over a traffic-free South East Busway on Sunday October 14, pedalling 100 kilometres to the Gold Coast. 

There will be a range of options available for riders of all ages and abilities, including a 60-kilometre ride starting at Logan, with all roads leading to the finish line where music and food await.  

To register for the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, go to b2gc.com.au. For more information about Bicycle Queensland, go to bq.org.au.


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