Cyclists feel the burn in annual Buderim 9 challenge

CHARITY DAY: Josh Paix, Elliott Gray and Max Quaglio are kitted out in their race gear for the Buderim 9 Challenge.
CHARITY DAY: Josh Paix, Elliott Gray and Max Quaglio are kitted out in their race gear for the Buderim 9 Challenge. John Mccutcheon

CALF muscles were burning up yesterday morning as more than 230 cyclists set out to conquer the Buderim 9 Challenge.

An impressive 60% of participants were able to complete the gruelling 75km cycle over nine of Buderim's hills during the three-hour event to raise vital funds to support the Cerebral Palsy League's Sunshine Coast disability service.

The fourth annual event became even more inclusive this year with the addition of a 100 metre dash category for children living with cerebral palsy and their families.

Greg Paix, the driving force behind the event, said he was pleased to see the community throw its support behind the day.

"Not all people finished, but everybody's got their own goals," he said.

"In the end, there's no mountain high enough to show what these kids (with cerebral palsy) have to go through day to day, and how their families are affected."

Although it was too early to tell how much was raised from the event, Mr Paix said they hoped to reach the $20,000 target achieved last year.

They received an early boost when students from Chancellor State Secondary College took on a wind trainer challenge earlier this month to raise funds for the cause.

Yesterday Mr Paix's son Josh, who has cerebral palsy, won the title of highest fundraiser, with $2450 for the coffers.

Mr Paix said his son had managed to raise the money with the help of friends from western Queensland.

"I live and breathe the Buderim 9 Challenge for all that it offers its participants, supporters and recipients," he said.

"It's also an opportunity to showcase Buderim and what it has to offer people."

After a break over Christmas, Mr Paix said he would begin looking ahead to the fifth Challenge for 2016.

Topics:  buderim cycling sunshine coast

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