Former Olympic road cyclist tackles mountain cycle race
GLEN Chadwick will attempt to turn back the clock as he prepares to challenge the mountain.
The former Olympic road cyclist will aim to defy the pain barrier and scale 5km up Pilbeam Dve to the summit of Mount Archer, in the main event for the Festival of Cycling and Running.
"It's more for fun and to raise money to improve road conditions," Glen said.
"All proceeds go towards road signage, sun shelters, drinking water and widening parts of the road."
The New Zealand-born professional cyclist, who moved to Rockhampton when he was 12, has had an impressive cycling career from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to touring Europe and South America.
The 38-year-old is the current record holder for the Rockhampton Cycling Club's KOM, but insists he has no intention of breaking his 17-minute climb.
"It's going to be interesting, I haven't ridden to the top in about four years," Glen said.
"I've ridden to the saddle, which is about 2km up, but not lately."
Nerves may be sinking in for many of the 500 competitors who are gearing up for the challenge, but Glen is yet to screw on his training wheels.
"I'm going to have to start cramming in some rides and do a bit of hill climbing," he said.
"I'm hoping to do it with fresh legs, relying on experience over fitness.
"Giant Bicycles were kind enough to lend me a road bike to train and compete with, which I only picked up this week."
With Glen's past opponents being top competitors such as Lance Armstrong, there really isn't any tougher competition to face.
"I stay fairly active but I'm not as light as I was in 2003, when I last raced Mount Archer," he said.
"But I'd like to think I could still do it in under 30 minutes."
The challenge will bring competitors from across Queensland and New South Wales to contest the Elite, Age Groups, Masters and Weekend Warrior categories.
Registrations for the run or bike ride up Mount Archer are now open, with racing set to start at 3pm on August 29.