Cycling 50km a day nothing for 81-year-old Noel

Noel Newton is ready to cycle from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.
Noel Newton is ready to cycle from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Kevin Farmer

TOOWOOMBA resident Noel Newton thinks nothing of cycling at least 50km most days. It's a feat in anyone's language.

But what makes Mr Newton's story extraordinary is that he is 81-years-old. For as longer as he can remember, Mr Newton has loved riding his bicycle.

So why would he give up in his retirement years?

Three times a week, Mr Newton joins a group of "girls" for a cycle through town.

The "girls" are in their 50s and 60s and he rides an extra "hour or so" before he meets them.

He enjoys cycling from his Newtown home to outlying country areas in Wyreema, Southbrook, Pittsworth and Clifton.

"I have always liked bike riding over running because with bike riding you can knock it back down a few cogs and you will come good," he said.

"You could go forever.

"If you train for two weeks you could do 50 kilometres, at your own pace."

Mr Newton's passion lies in long distance events and he looks forward to taking part in the 100km Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycling Challenge later in the month.

"I have done that one a number of times," Mr Newton said.

"I end up riding about 110km all up because I cycle to the start from where I am staying.

"It's a good morning's ride."

Up until three years ago, Mr Newton organised local long distance, endurance rides for the national cycling club, Audax.

"Four-hundred kilometres in one day was my best shot," he said.

Mr Newton hopes to continue riding for many more years and is planning to celebrate his 100th birthday on two wheels.

"Sometimes when it is very hot, and I am around Southbrook and it's 40 degrees, I think what am I doing still out?" he said.

"But I always get up the next day and go out again."


Queensland's largest ride

  •  Santos GLNG Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge
  •  100 kilometres
  •  Sunday, October 20
  •  Expected to attract 10,000 riders and raise $250,000 for the Heart Foundation
  •  Entry fees are $85 or $75 for teams of 10 and riders.

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