LAST MONTH Michael joined some Queensland
Rugby legends to "throw a leg over" and cycle from Brisbane to Noosa for
The group left the Reds' home ground of
Ballymore at 6am to ride the 165km to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, arriving
before 2pm, ahead of schedule.
"Some of those guys aren't built to be
cyclists and there were some really interesting riding styles. The view
from behind wasn't great at times but they sure do block the wind!" said
Michael laughing. "It was a long ride with a few tough climbs and you have
to admire the guys for sticking at it until the end."
The group included Olympic swimmer Duncan
Armstrong, champion triathlete Troy Fidler and champion cyclist Lorian
Graham along with "Vintage Reds" Dan and Anthony Herbert, Andrew Heath and
Dan Crowley as well as Reds Head Coach Phil Mooney.
The ride was timed to coincide with the
"Country vs Country" Gala Dinner that night at which Michael was guest
speaker, and the Qld Country vs NSW Country "Battle of the Borders" match
in Noosa the following day.
Charities of choice for this year's ride were the Noosa-based 'Frangipani
Dreams' and their special project the construction of a new library and
childcare facility for the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah, just north of
Photo: Michael cycles alongside Reds legend Dan Crowley on the way to
Noosa with Adam Gill from Cycling Science in front and Duncan Armstrong and
Dan Herbert bringing up the rear.