Rid­ers pre­pare for Velothon chal­lenge

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT -

THE Sun­shine Coast is known for its stun­ning beaches and surf cul­ture, but this July an­other sport will be tak­ing cen­tre stage: the Velothon.

The intensive cy­cling event will take place from July 13-16, with rid­ers of­fered the op­tion of a 361km, three-day event or a one-day event cov­er­ing ei­ther 95km or 155km.

Steve Brass­ing­ton, from Bli Bli, is com­pet­ing with a team on the third day.

The 62-year-old said he an­tic­i­pated it would be the most chal­leng­ing due to the in­clu­sion of the in­fa­mous Obi Obi Hill.

“It’s not overly long, I have done it a cou­ple of times be­fore and it is very tough,” he said.

“We have done sim­i­lar events and they are a lot of fun, and a lot of hard work.

“(The Velothon) has a lot of po­ten­tial be­cause it is the right time of year, and with the Coast’s weather and nat­u­ral beauty it is the per­fect fit to grow.”

While Velothon events have been pop­u­lar in coun­tries such as Ger­many and Canada, this will be the first time Coast rid­ers have been of­fered the chal­lenge.

Fel­low com­peti­tor Matthew Wall said he was cur­rently un­der­tak­ing around 250km a week in train­ing.

“This is our lo­cal patch so we couldn’t keep away,” he said.

“I think it will be very chal­leng­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit velothon­sun­shinecoast.com.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

PEDAL POWER: Steve Brass­ing­ton and Matthew Wall are pre­par­ing for the Velothon.

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