Get fit as a family and join in the Peaks to Points Family Festival Day.
Families are invited to jump aboard their bikes and join in the Peaks to Points Family Festival Day Bike Swap and ride.
Cycling is a great way to control or reduce weight. It raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns body fat. Steady cycling burns around 1,200 kilojoules (about 300 calories) per hour and if you cycle twice a day, the kilojoules burnt soon add up. Research shows that a half-hour bike ride every day will burn nearly five kilograms of fat over a year.
At the Peaks to Point Festival you can ride along Oxley Creek to the Secret Forest and participate in a range of fun bike activities. Bikes in good working order will be accepted for donation to the Endeavour Foundation, which will refurbish and resell the bikes through the Acacia Ridge Tip Shop to raise much-needed funds. Families also have the opportunity to buy and sell bikes. Just bring along your bike lock and mobile phone, lock your bikes in the bike racks and enjoy the festival while you wait for a call from a potential buyer.
As part of the bike swap Gillian Dunca, author of the book Family Rides in South East QLD, will be leading guided bike rides to Pelican Lagoon and is inviting pedal happy families to join in.
“It will be a great experience for all bike riders, everybody is invited to come along, especially young families,” Ms Dunca says. “We’ll be setting off at different times during the day. Around 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Bike riding is a great way to keep fit because you’re outdoors and you can change the intensity and speed at which you cycle. This ride is along a flat surface, so anyone can join in.
“Dealing with traffic on the road has always been a concern for bike riders, but the truth is at some stage you’ll have to go on the roads if you’re taking a long ride. That’s why we wrote our book, we wanted to direct people to the safest bike paths in South East Queensland. We are cyclists with children and we wanted something better and more accurate so we rode every meter to make sure these were the right tracks. It took us more than a year.
“The book is suitable for families looking for some adventure and exercise, newcomers to cycling looking for an easy introduction and cyclists looking for safe, easy rides with no cars to worry about.”
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