Excitement builds ahead of gruelling annual mountainous test
MAX Quaglio is not letting anything slow him down as he prepares for his roles as rider and ambassador in this year’s Buderim 9.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Quaglio will aim to conquer two of the nine hills alongside more than 300 local cyclists in the 76km charity challenge on December 16.
It will be Quaglio’s fifth Buderim 9 and he said the awareness raised for cerebral palsy throughout the event’s history had been pleasing.
“(The support) has helped a lot,” he said. “Every year, the amount of riders that take part in the event just goes up and up.
“It’s made people a lot more aware of CP and all the support from people has been outstanding.”
Buderim 9 ride director David Wighton said Quaglio had become an integral part of the Buderim 9’s success since 2012.
“He has since been involved as a rider, ambassador, sponsor and logistics person,” he said.
“He is a big part of the event every year and loves being involved.”
Argon Law’s John Gallagher said Quaglio had been an inspiring figure for many people in the local community since he started racing in his mobility scooter five years ago. He’s such a great person to have because he has gotten on with his life and hasn’t allowed (cerebral palsy) to slow him down,” he said.
The event started in 2010 with a small group of cyclists tackling Buderim’s climbs and later grew to become a fully-fledged charity event through the work of Sunshine Coast Cycling Club vice-president Greg Paix.
GREAT SUPPORT: Max Quaglio, front, and his mate Josh Paix have been an integral part of the Buderim 9.