AustCycle Provider Cycle Away recently completed the Santos GLNG Brisbane to Gold Coast 100km Cycle Challenge with 61 ladies. Read their story below.
Words by Jane Clarke.
What has 122 legs, 122 wheels, 61 smiley faces and collectively rode 6,100km on a Sunday cycle? The answer is... 61 ladies who were part of our Spokeswomen team for the Santos GLNG Brisbane to Gold Coast 100km Cycle Challenge!
Six weeks before the event Jan and I discussed forming a Cycle Away team to assist ladies we'd trained, or had contact with through various cycling programs, to enter the event. We felt sure many of them could ride this distance with a little encouragement. Initially we would have been pleased to fill the minimum team number of 10. But once we sent out the invite the momentum built very rapidly and we passed 10, then 20, 30, 40, 50 and finally ended up with 61 ladies on the team. We were very excited to have this many ladies riding together.
For a large number of the ladies it was their first ever community participation cycling event and they were a little apprehensive. But every one of them made the distance and what a fantastic achievement, particularly for a small number whose longest ride was about 30km. To see their excitement (and relief) at reaching the finish line is why we enjoy imparting our love of cycling through our Cycle Away business. A few of the ladies were unable to ride a bike when we first met them and now they've ridden 100km. They have discovered the joy and the social side of cycling.
We salute them all!