Brisbane Cycling Festival ambassador Jordan Carrol is a legally blind cyclist who hopes to inspire a generation of riders with one of Brisbane’s newest events.
This week the Australian Catholic University Beehive to Belltower (December 8) will put Queensland’s fastest riders in a race against the clock up the steep and twisting driveway of ACU’s Banyo Campus.
“Imagine going very quickly on a bike, you can feel how fast it is. Charging down a hill or going very fast,”
“Now close your eyes. You can’t steer, you don’t have the brakes, all you have is complete faith in the person sitting up front. It’s such good fun.”
The event, jointly hosted by Lifecycle Cycling Club, will be open to all classifications, with the time trial format to enable para-cyclists to compete with riders of all abilities for a share of the trophies.
Jordan is a parasport athlete who is legally blind and has battled significant health conditions including cancer and autonomic dysregulation. The Brisbane Cycling Festival ambassador will compete on a tandem bike with the assistance of a pilot rider selected from ACU’s student cohort.
“Cycling reminds me of a time when I could see and have freedom on my bike. I know I can’t ride without help but I can still get that feeling of freedom riding the tandem,” he said.
“Cycling enables me to be part of a community. It’s about inclusion and feeling welcome.”
The inaugural Beehive to Belltower is one of many events on the Para Cycling Queensland program which enable people with a disability to ride safely in a social or competitive environment.
Competitors will race in individual time trial heats from Beehive Lane to the ACU Belltower in their respective age categories before moving to a top 16 final. Participants and spectators will also gain an insight into the skills and expertise of staff in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences through student demonstrations, technology exhibitions and interactive hubs.
ACU Beehive to Belltower
Event: Cycling Queensland-sanctioned cycling event
Date: Sunday, 8 December, from 7.30am
Venue: Australian Catholic University
1100 Nudgee Rd, Banyo
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