Pottsville Beach resident Lael Osun can’t wait to participate in this year’s Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast 100km cycle challenge.
Pottsville Beach resident Lael Osun can’t wait to participate in this year’s Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast 100km cycle challenge. John Gass

Lael set for cycle challenge

A 100-kilometre bicycle ride is a party on wheels for this Pottsville Beach resident.

Lael Osun will compete in this year's Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast 100km cycle challenge and said she can't wait to hit the road.

“I love riding in the annual ride because, for me, it is a party on wheels with 9999 other happy people,” she said.

“There's nothing like the sound of thousands of spokes all humming in unison, the momentum of the crowd is so energising it helps spur me to the finish line.”

This is the third time Ms Osun has entered the event and she will ride in memory of her father, who died of heart problems.

“The connection between the Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast 100km Cycle Challenge is so strong for me given that my father experienced a long battle with illness relating to the two charities benefiting from the ride,” she said.

Ms Osun said the ride would be challenging but fun. “For me it's about matching personal challenge with supporting a great cause, all while having fun.”

The event was founded by Bicycle Queensland in 2005 and aims not only to increase participation in cycling and promote healthy living, but to raise much-needed funds for charity.

Over the past five years the event has helped raised more than $650,000 for Queensland charities, and the proceeds this year will be going to the Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia, Queensland.

The ride is being held on Sunday, October 10 and will start at South Brisbane progressively from 5.15am.

There is also a 60km ride option, which will start at Logan City Council at Maurice Park at 8am and both rides will finish at Southport on the Gold Coast.

Individuals or teams can register at www.bq.org.au and entries close Friday, October 1.



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