Tweed cyclist’s ultimate test
A TWEED cyclist will hit the open road later this month for a gruelling, seven day, 829km journey, in an ultimate test of physical and emotional strength.
Despite taking up cycling just 18 months ago, Julie Coveney, 56, will cycle from Sydney to Surfers Paradise for the 18th annual fundraising Cycle Ride, which benefits Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets program.
Coveney is seeking sponsors to help her push through the mountainous challenge, which she hopes will raise $3000 for the youth charity.
“I really love the work Youth off the Streets does and some of the youth do this ride for motivation and encouragement and I like the fact that some can be involved,” Coveney said.
Coveney will be joined by Sheridan Bosworth, from Tugun’s Storm Cycles, who Coveney met when she began riding through a She Rides cycling course.
With Bosworth’s help, Coveney advanced to road cycling and now trains twice a week with the Gold Coast-based Madonna Velo riding group.
“I’ve also been riding from my place to Tyalgum on a loop of about 103kms. It has hills and descents and scenery to match what the actual ride will be like,” Coveney said.
“The last month or so, I’ve tried to do over 300ks a week and last Sunday we rode up to Springbrook.”
Riding in one of five packs of 20 cyclists, Coveney, Bosworth and their support crew’s seven-day journey will cover up to 160kms a day along the old Pacific Highway, beginning on April 30 from Hornsby, and finishing at Sea World, on the Gold Coast.
Sponsor Coveney at: https://sydneytosurfers 2016.everydayhero.com/au/ julie-coveney.