Graham’s back in the saddle for charity
Halcyon Greens homeowner and retired firefighter Graham Flack has once again pushed himself to the limit by cycling 750km in his eighth Bike4Burns charity ride.
The huge distance was covered in a week by a group of 46 firefighters, retired firies and emergency services colleagues who took the ‘long, long way’ from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, via Toowoomba.
Their efforts raised more than $30,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation to spend on burns research - a cause close to their hearts.
Graham and the other Bike4Burns riders took off in Southport and cycled through Boonah, Killarney, Toowoomba, Blackbutt, Toogoolawah and Mt Crosby – with overnight stops in each town - before crossing the finish line at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane on May 24.
The former Halcyon Waters homeowner doesn’t mind admitting that, at 73, he’s the oldest cyclist on the Bike4Burns tour, which this time involved male and female riders aged in their 20s right through to Graham.
“The young blokes like having someone along that they can look at and think ‘he’s 73, if I retire at 63, I’ve got 10 good years left in me’,” he said.
“It’s satisfying to enjoy the banter of the youngsters, who I easily inspired to chase me up the hills.
“It’s just good fun doing it and I probably do it because I still can.”
Graham, who served in the Queensland Fire Service for 36 years, said the toughest aspect of doing Bike4Burns was the training, which he started months ago at the height of the Queensland summer.
“If you want to do it, you’ve got to train, otherwise you’ll hurt yourself,” he said.
“To do the ride next year, I will have to ride at least twice a week from now until Christmas.
“From then, I will have to do 250 to 300km per week.”
Luckily, Graham has the support of his understanding wife, Del, as well as easy access to a range of challenging training rides in and around Pimpama.
He also supports his impressive fitness by taking Halcyon Greens’ regular stretch classes and water aerobics sessions.
Now, with his eighth Bike4Burns under his belt, Graham is eyeing up the ninth and is considering doing a triathlon at the next Australasia Police and Emergency Services Games in Perth.