Cycling to help with multiple sclerosis
KINGAROY resident Josie Potter finished her seventh Brissie to the Bay bike ride on Sunday, raising funds for MS Queensland.
Ms Potter, who has multiple sclerosis, was part of a 16-strong South Burnett team to make the trek down to the Queensland capital for the event.
"The ride itself was fantastic,” Ms Potter said.
"The weather was beautiful, like a nice spring day, in contrast to last year which bucketed rain on us.
"It's the only time you get to ride through the middle of Brisbane ... you see it in a way you otherwise wouldn't.”
It was Ms Potter's seventh time doing the ride.
"I never thought when I first started doing it that I'd do it so many times,” she said.
Though Ms Potter said she thoroughly enjoyed the day, a challenge presented itself halfway through the ride.
"I had a fall for the first time ever,” she said.
"It was a pretty significant fall, I injured my ribs.
"I fell because of MS: my hand grabbed the brake lever instead of gear and before I knew it I hit the deck.”
Despite the significant fall, Ms Potter's determination to finish the ride did not falter.
"I had a half hour break and officers advised me to get someone to pick me up,” she said.
"But I got back on my bike and I managed to finish it.
"I was happy with that, as it made me feel good to finish the ride even though I was injured.
"I'd prefer not to fall again any time soon: it was the first time I've done it at high speed.”
Ms Potter said the ride was the main fundraiser she competed in each year.
She set a fundraising goal of $250 before the event, but has raised $1200; more than four times her goal.
"The South Burnett community has always continued to surprise me with their generosity, messages of support and other local riders riding,” she said.
"There's a lot more people with MS than people would realise, but I know a lot of people in the South Burnett touched by it, whether it's a family member with MS, or a friend or coworker.
"There is some understanding in the community of how difficult a disease it can be.”
Visit Ms Potter's donation page at bit.ly/2rFWMbv to contribute to her cause.