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Parkinson’s Pedallers in the Great Brisbane Bike Ride

posted Apr 17, 2016, 3:07 PM by Dianne James
A group of 11 Parkinson’s Pedallers will take part in the 40 kilometres Great Brisbane Bike Ride on Sunday March 15 2016. Three of the cyclists have Parkinson’s disease while the others are family and friends.

Parkinson’s Pedallers was established in 2013 by Dianne and Alan James to organise monthly rides in the Brisbane region and maintain the website as a source of information on Parkinson’s disease particularly with relation to the benefits of cycling in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of cycling for people with Parkinson’s, a definitive conclusion as to the cause is yet to be established. The repetitive nature of cycling on the balls of the feet has been suggested as a possible cause. There also appears to be benefits of pedaling at higher revolutions per minute (cadence). Cadence of 80 -90 is more beneficial than say a typical cadence of around 60.

Pictured are three of our riders who have Parkinson's and will be taking part in the Great Brisbane Bike Ride.  Alan, John and Garth... Alan diagnosed in 1996, John in 2007 and Garth in 2008. All three are regular riders each month with the Parkinsons Pedallers group.

The Great Brisbane Bike Ride (GBBR) is organized by Bicycle Queensland as part of Bike Week 2016. The 40 km ride starts at West End and follows close to the south bank of the Brisbane River to the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges at Murarrie and then along Kingsford Smith Drive and Inner City Bypass to a refreshment stop at Suncorp Stadium. Then riders will travel along the Bicentennial Bikeway to Toowong and then to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge (the Green Bridge) at St Lucia. Then the route is across the bridge, up over Highgate Hill and back to West End. The GBBR includes a 75 km and 110 km routes as well as the optional Mount Coot-tha Challenge which is a timed ascent of Mount Coot-tha. Diabetes Queensland is the beneficiary of the 2016 GBBR.

The 40 km route will be a sufficient challenge for the Parkinson’s Pedallers group for 2016. Let’s see how they go this year.