Diana’s story – getting back on the bike

A woman rides through the bush on a single trail, with a few people in the distance behind her following.

Diana from The Gap in Brisbane started riding again when she was motivated to help raise funds for cancer.

“Three years ago, after my nephew died of cancer at 17, I decided to have a go at the Ride to Conquer Cancer,” Diana said.

“I thought it was something I could do in his memory, so I bought a bike and started training.”

“I hadn’t been on a bike much for about 30 years, but it wasn’t long before I was feeling confident riding again.”

Diana rode the 220-kilometre, two-day Ride to Conquer Cancer, meeting lots of great people along the way.

“It was a great way to get back into cycling, and to quickly gain confidence on the bike to start riding all sorts of places.”

Diana has now ridden the Ride to Conquer Cancer for three years in a row, and has also ridden in Chicks in the Sticks—a three-hour endurance race and the Brisbane to Gold Coast cycle challenge.

“I’ve learnt these events are not just for sports cyclists, it’s been a chance to meet all sorts of people and ride with a great bunch of women.”

“Riding is a great stress relief and is an easy way to exercise, but it’s the social aspect I enjoy the most.”

“I’ve made some wonderful friends through cycling,” Diana said.

‘I’m part of the Chicks Who Ride Bikes, a great and supportive group for women who like to ride their bikes and have fun.”

“We regularly go for rides and, of course, you have to have coffee afterwards.”

“And the best thing is that anyone can do it, no matter what age or fitness level.”