Ex­cite­ment builds ahead of gru­elling an­nual moun­tain­ous test

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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.

PHOTO: BRETT WORT­MAN

GREAT SUP­PORT: Max Quaglio, front, and his mate Josh Paix have been an in­te­gral part of the Bud­erim 9.

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