Norman Park residents Brian and Rosemary Miller are gearing up to take on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride on Sunday 7 May on e-bikes.
The pair, both in their seventies, are the oldest couple in the event and will tackle the 40km route which takes in the Gateway Bridge, a closed Inner City Bypass and the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.
The recently retired PA Hospital surgeon and RSPCA veterinarian have already clocked up 1000km on their e-bikes purchased late last year.
“We’re loving the easy pedalling and no (hard) hills!” Rosemary says.
“It’s a good way of getting exercise – but I’m only a fair-weather rider,” Rosemary grins.
Like many, Brian and Rosemary have returned to cycling later in life when Brian checked out the newspaper classifieds.
“As kids, we were always cycling. Then we decided we wanted to get ones out of the newspaper – just $100 ones – and that first ride helped us decide what we really wanted, which were flat bar road bikes.”
The couple haven’t looked back since that first ride, having completed many one-day cycling events and even Bicycle Queensland’s nine-day 500km+ annual Cycle Queensland Adventure Tour nine times together.
Retirement certainly isn’t set to be a time to slow down for this globetrotting couple who first met on a beach in Kenya and have worked their way around the world with stints in West Indies, Africa and Thailand.
Rosemary would love to see people taking a bolder approach to new challenges like the Great Brisbane Bike Ride.
“People are too scared sometimes. Just do it!” Rosemary laughs, “I’d make a great ad for Nike!”
“(The event route) is well signposted and you can’t get lost – just enjoy it!”