Lee Duffield

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Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge to raise $1m.

The cycling race is an annual event. Photo: Rasmus Thomsen (used with permission)

The cycling race is an annual event. Photo: Rasmus Thomsen (used with permission)

Bicycle Queensland is hoping this year’s sixth annual Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge will reach its goal of raising close to one million dollars for much needed Diabetes Australia and Heart Foundation research.

Since 2005, around 29,000 cyclists have participated in the Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge.

This gruelling 100km ride starts at South Bank, with riders travelling along the South East Busway and then through Beenleigh, Coomera, and Helensvale, with the finish at Southport on the Gold Coast.

A spokesman from Bicycle Queensland said the event is open to anyone interested regardless of fitness level.

“If you are an occasional rider or a moderately fit person there is no reason why you can’t complete this event. With the motivation of thousands of like-minded cyclists you’ll be surprised how far you can ride,” he said.

While the most experienced riders will ride the full 100km journey, a slightly shorter 60km ride will begin from Maurice Park in Eagleby.

“Above all, enjoy the ride and take your time. It’s not a race, and there are no prizes for getting there first.”

Avid cyclist and fitness junkie Benjamin Doolan said the event is a great way to meet like-minded people and get active.

“Last year I participated in a 100km ride and managed to finish in a personal best time. While the ride is a test of fitness and endurance, I found it a great personal achievement being able to reach the finish line,” he said.

Mr. Doolan said the money raised from the event goes toward charity and is yet another incentive to get on your bike.

“It is very rewarding when you cross that finish line, knowing that you not only achieved something for yourself, but your efforts are helping those less fortunate.”

The Wilson HTM Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge begins on October 10, 2010.

Details on how to enter and information regarding getting to and from the event can be found on the Bicycle Queensland website.