300 cyclists, 1 BMX and a tandem bike – all tackled the hills of the Buderim 9 Challenge
Tue Dec 19, 2017
A record 302 riders registered for the personal challenge to get over the Buderim 9 yesterday - cycling up (and down) nine of Buderim’s toughest hills to raise awareness and funds for Sunshine Coast disability service, the CPL – Choice Passion Life.
177 or 58% of riders completed the 9-hill course, with the event on track to reach its $20,000 target raising funds in support of local children and their families living with cerebral palsy.
John Gallagher, Director of Principal Sponsor, Argon Law, congratulated all involved in this inspirational event.
“Argon Law has been an avid supporter of the event for the past six years and the Buderim 9 Challenge is a fabulous example of individuals within our community and local businesses coming together for a common cause and a bit of fun and personal challenge.” Mr Gallagher said.
“We are so grateful for the efforts and generosity of all those who continue to help make this event such an extraordinary success.”
Manager of CPL’s Sunshine Coast service, Carmel Smith, said this year’s event has been by far the most successful with 302 riders, 9 hill sponsors, 13 in-kind supporters and many amazing donations of goods, time, sweat and money!
“We estimate we’ll reach our target of $20,000 this year to support children and families on the Sunshine Coast with cerebral palsy,” Ms Smith said.
It’s no wonder businesses are keen to come on board, with the event attracting participants from not only across the Coast and Queensland, interstate riders stretching from Western Australia and Tasmania and even international riders from New Zealand and Singapore joined in the challenge.
There was a new recipient of the prestigious Argon Law perpetual trophy – Marcel Govers from Singapore - the Highest Fundraiser of the 2017 Buderim 9 Challenge raising $1235.
And this year, two ‘best effort’ awards were presented: Tony Williams and vision impaired, Dean Cameron completed the eight hills on a Tandem bike! Once again, Steve Roscarel of Kunda Park who rode a BMX and completed allnine hills – an astounding achievement.
Event organiser, Greg Paix said it was a fantastic event this year for many reasons.
“The Argon Law Buderim 9 Challenge just keeps getting bigger and better each year,” said Mr Paix.
“The enthusiasm of all riders and their efforts in fundraising, the valued contributions of sponsors and supporters, a passionate organising committee and more than 50 hardworking volunteers – all contribute to the success of the event!
““We achieved great statistics this year. A record 302 riders entered.
- 3 international – 1 = Singapore, 2 New Zealand
- 7 interstate - Act = 1, NSW = 1, NT = 1 ,Vic = 1, WA = 3
- 292 Qld – 43 Buderim, 120 outside SC region
- 255 males and 44 females
- Average age - 43
- Youngest 15, oldest 71
- 15-24yrs 18
- 25-34 39
- 35-44 95
- 45-54 91
- 55-64 37
- 65-74 5
“We also attracted Sunshine-Coast based former champion cyclist, Henk Vogels as official Buderim 9 Challenge Ambassador this year – he was so supportive of the event and the cause behind it.”
Joining Henk this year for the first time was Sunshine Coast local and international cyclist, Shara Gillow, who tackled the Buderim 9 as part of her preparations for National Championships early next year.
“The Buderim 9 ride is a brilliant challenge leading up to the Nationals in January where I hope to qualify for the Australian Team competing in the Commonwealth Games,” Shara said.
The Buderim 9 Challenge is proudly presented by the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club, CPL-Choice Passion Life and Argon Law.
Buderim 9 Challenge greatly appreciates its valued sponsors Argon Law, Harlequin Blinds and Security, Hall Contracting, Ray White Buderim, MacKellar Mining, Local Search Sunshine Coast, Kunara Organic Marketplace, Alpha Sport, Visione Cycles, Metsure Insurance Brokers, Wayward Slate, Mick's Meat Barn, Buderim Lions Club, NP Noltis Prime, Berni and Pete Burnett, Becker Helicopters, Max Haulage, Fenwick’s Fruit Emporium, Infinit Nutrition Australia, The Various Artists and media partner, My Weekly Preview.