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Adrian jumps on the bike to conquer a challenge

Adrian Raedel and Tracey and Gavin Douglas are in training for the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Adrian Raedel and Tracey and Gavin Douglas are in training for the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

FOR most people the thought of jumping on a bike and riding 200km isn't an appealing one.

But for Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Adrian Raedel it was a case of accepting a challenge and it's one he is tackling with a fierce determination.

Along with Gavin and Tracey Douglas, Adrian is preparing to take part in the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer from August 17-18.

It's a cause that means a lot to all three riders, who all have a personal link to cancer.

"We all have different reasons for taking part but for me personally I lost my mum to breast cancer last year," Adrian said.

"So this is a little bit I can give back to support the research that helped keep mum going that bit longer."

For Gavin this is his third year and he was originally motivated to ride after his cousin passed away at the age of 30 from bowel cancer.

"Knowing the money went to the Queensland Medical Institute of Research was a big factor," he said.

"It's a great opportunity to support a cause where the money is going back into Queensland and into vital research."

A personal cancer scare when she was younger pushed Tracey towards getting involved in her first ride.

"I like a bit of a challenge and tackling this ride is definitely worth it," she said.

What originally started as a bit of a joke on Facebook with Adrian looking for a challenge has grown into early morning bike rides and dressing in lycra, something Adrian admits takes a bit of getting used to.

"Training has started slowly, just getting used to the bike is the big thing," he said.

"I used to fall off twice every ride, then it was once every time and now I seem to be able to stay on."

Hopping back on a bike for the first time in years has been one of the many challenges Adrian has overcome. He received training wheels as a joke for Christmas and had what he thought was a close call with a snake a couple of weeks ago which luckily turned out to be just a stick he had run over.

"Being motivated in the mornings is tough," he said.

"But I've done the 24-hour treadmill challenge and walked around my division so I'm hoping I can get through this as well."

Each rider has to raise $2500 before the start of the ride. Visit the Facebook page Conquer Cancer - Caboolture Crew.

Topics:  cycling, rio tinto ride to conquer cancer


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