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