Man celebrates 80th birthday with Queensland’s biggest bike ride!
The Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge will be celebrating its 15th year on Sunday. While there will be thousands of riders involved, there is one participant riding for something particularly special.
Henry Boegheim, one of the oldest riders who turns 80 in December, made it his birthday wish to celebrate the impressive milestone by completing the 100km ride with as many family and friends as possible.
Over the 15 years the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge has been running, Henry has completed more than 10 of the 100 km rides, some with his 75-year-old partner Maryke and some solo. However, riding with him this year in ‘Team 80’ will be a total of 29 riders – a mix of family, friends, children and grandchildren, with the youngest being 12.
Henry is thrilled that so many have taken up the challenge. The
team slogan ‘Life is for Living’ is a philosophy he has always lived by and
continues to encourage in his own children and grandchildren.
“I’m am so amazed at how many people have decided to join me in the 100km Brisbane to Gold Coast ride. It’s not an easy task and definitely not your usual birthday celebration, so we have done numerous practice rides with some of the participating family and friends. Some are even travelling from New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney and Maryborough all to ride beside me. I’ve truly lived a remarkable 80 years and have found enjoying the simple pleasures of life and being active with friends and family to have made a life that is truly worth living,” says Henry.
Henry will be starting the race in VIP spot #80 and hopes to complete the ride with the team in 6 hours.