Riders tackle annual cycling event
FOR 2010 UpperLimb.com Cunningham Class rider Carl Gibson the hardest thing about peddling for almost four hours up the gruelling, windy track from Gatton to Warwick was the lack of toilet opportunities.
“It tried to yell out ‘stop' but no one would listen,” Mr Gibson laughed.
Fellow rider buddy Tod Gillespie said he preferred to waddle down Victoria Street barefoot because “the warm bitumen soothed my feet”.
“My toes go numb after a while so it's nice to walk and stretch,” Mr Gillespie said.
“The seats aren't all too comfortable either, my bony bottom sticks through.”
He said the hardest part was the wind from Allora to Warwick.
“There was a lot of chasing and there was a fall so the field split up,” he said.
So why do they do it? To push themselves to the limit.
The pair was just two riders in a field of more than 350 cyclists who donned the Lycra for the 28th annual cycling event which included eight categories.
The elite A-grade field left Gatton at 9am Saturday and peddled the 167km course to Warwick via the winding Gatton-Clifton Road then went out to Leyburn and on to Warwick through Allora.
Gatton was the starting point for all other divisions which kicked off at 9.15am for the 96km arduous journey for junior under 19 riders, elite B and C-grades and masters A to D-grades.