The ride stuff: Fraser Coast BUG (bicycle users group) members, John Duncan, Carol and Vic Moores-Brown prepare for the Gold Coast charity ride.
The ride stuff: Fraser Coast BUG (bicycle users group) members, John Duncan, Carol and Vic Moores-Brown prepare for the Gold Coast charity ride. Valerie Horton

BUG to take cyclists on 100km ride

SIXTY-TWO clicks before breakfast, a tummy like a rock, the skin off your elbow healing nicely and looking forward to 100 kilometres on Sunday are all in Carol Moores-Brown’s weekend.

She’s 58 and with husband Vic will ride tomorrow in the Wilson HTM Brisbane-Gold Coast 100km Cycle Challenge.

Vic’s 64.

The Hervey Bay couple has been cycling pretty much all of their lives but they got really serious four years ago when they joined BUG, our hometown bicycle users’ group with some 170 members, the oldest in their 70s.

“Carol and I generally cycle about 240km a week,” Vic said. “But last week I know I did 320.

“Last year was the first time we participated in this cycle challenge and he enjoyed it so much we’re going back to do it again this year.

“We could have chosen the 60km option but we’re more focused on 100km. It’s all about getting through the pain barrier, getting more out of your body and pushing yourself to the limit.

“It’s amazing how far you can ride irrespective of age. Trouble is, the weather is shaping up to be windy and showery so this ride could be challenging.”

Carol says she had a bad back before she joined BUG and now it is a no-pain zone. “A physio told me this too, if you have a bad back start cycling.”

Vic and Carol cycle with BUG five days a week. In between they do yoga and swim.

“You can hit a wall,” Vic said. “You feel it coming. Your legs go to jelly and if you push too hard you’ll blow up so you slow down and recover because you know you’re going to have to get home on your own two wheels.

“For me cycling is all about keeping up my fitness, making new friendships and visiting new places on my bike – it really has become an addiction.”

BUG treasurer John Duncan, who rides six days, is also on the challenge run. To join BUG phone him on 4194 5320.



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