Many keen Sunshine Coast cyclists are training hard for the top local leg-burner of the year, the Argon Law Buderim 9 Challenge. And what a challenge it is – the ride now etched in folklore as one of the must-ride events of the year.
Taking place the weekend before Christmas as it has for the past 5-years, the fundraising cycling event is held over 75km and takes in Buderim’s nine toughest climbs.
With 20km of hills and 1786 vertical meters on the course, hundreds of riders are expected to take part and raise funds for the Sunshine Coast Cerebral Palsy League.
Former Australian Champion and all-round cycling legend Henk Vogels is a passionate advocate of the event and will be there on December 18, as will local cerebral palsy identity Josh Paix.
With last year’s event raising more than $16,000 in direct funds for the local Cerebral Palsy League, the Buderim 9 Committee is hoping to increase that amount this year.
“Funds raised from the event, will go to practical assistance and awareness for those living with Cerebral Palsy on the Sunshine Coast,” said event spokesperson Samantha Lourens.
“This year the event is hoping to have more than 300 riders attempting all nine hills, in 2015 we reached 237 riders,” she added.
The venue for registration, ride finish and presentations is at Lions Park, 111 Burnett Street in Buderim, with the registrations starting at 4am on December 18.
If you are up for the challenge you can register now at www.buderim9.com.au