Sydney ride the end of the Rainbow
WITH three grand children and a penchant for feats of physical endurance, the annual 1200kms for Kids ride appears to have been made for Steve Rainbow.
From October 16-23, Rainbow plans on riding from Brisbane to Sydney to raise funds for the Children's Hospital Foundation.
Rainbow owns Articulate Framing, on Limestone St in Ipswich.
But when he's not framing photos he can be found training for his latest challenge.
And getting in peak physical condition is the easy part.
Just to qualify for the ride he has to first raise $7500. He has already pledged about $5000.
Ipswich Hospital will be a direct beneficiary of the charity ride, with at least one item on the hospital's wish list to be provided from the funds raised.
It is a daunting prospect, as is the physical preparation, which will no doubt leave Rainbow sore and sorry for some time as he recovers.
However he does have a history of competing in ultra marathons, which should come in handy as he prepares for 1200km in eight days on the bike.
Rainbow ran an 80km race last year so is no stranger to pushing himself to extreme lengths.
But injuries suffered saw him turn to the bike as an alternative to running.
"I ride for fun," he said.
"You do it as a team.
"It's not a race. But when you have to ride 180km in a day, you've all got to do it."
Rainbow is doing up to 60km on a Saturday and Sunday and is entered in the 100km Brisbane to Bay and the Moreton Bay 100 Miles rides in coming months.
"That will give me a taste of what it's really like," he said.
"I'm into this type of thing.
"It's a challenge and it's raising funds for kids.
"I've got three grandchildren and you don't know when you might need the hospital."
Anyone interested in contributing to Rainbow's fundraising can visit: 1200kmsforkids2015.everydayhero.com/au/steve