On your bike, with Kristyne for the local tour
WHEN Kristyne Murray started work at Grafton's Highlands Cycles, she hadn't been on a bicycle in more than a decade.
Now the keen cyclist is preparing to ride her fourth 12-hour solo marathon ride.
"When I got a job there, I thought I better have a bike," she said.
Not long after she bought her mountain bike, Ms Murray was introduced to the competitive cycling world through the 2012 Tour de Woodford, a charity bike ride to raise funds for the Maclean Rotary Club.
Although she was the last person to complete the 25km loop, she was hooked.
"It wasn't the easiest doing it on a mountain bike compared to a road bike, but I loved it," she said.
"I didn't have much training, probably a couple of kilometres, but it was just about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and proving to myself and my kids that you can do anything.
"I'm just a bit of a sucker for punishment."
As well as preparing for a 12-hour marathon in Armidale next month, Ms Murray plans to ride the 45km loop at this year's Tour de Woodford on May 29.
Organiser Simon Willmore said this year's ride was gearing up to be a great family event, with surrounding communities providing food and entertainment.
The open road event starts and finishes at the Brushgrove Triangle at 9am, with a 25km and 45km circuit to choose from.
"We're hoping to get more people and hoping that the people of the Clarence Valley will come down and cheer on riders when they leave," Mr Willmore said. "We're interested in getting people who haven't done it before."
Email info@tourdewood ford.org.au. Download an entry from www.tourde woodford.org.au and bring it to registration on the day.