Former international competitor Evan Corry is focused on developing the sport he loves in Mackay.
Former international competitor Evan Corry is focused on developing the sport he loves in Mackay. Justin Van Heerden

Bike week helps Mackay ride to healthier lifestyle

EVAN CORRY is a former international competitor who swapped racing for selling bicycles instead.

He owns and operates Corry Cycles at 5 Kay Court, North Mackay.

"I basically figured out it was a bit easier to sell bikes than to race them," he said.

"So I made the decision to open a store here in Mackay where I grew up."

Corry has been heavily involved in the cycling community in the region.

"We have a big focus on developing cycling in Mackay," he said. "Through events like the River to Reef and the Mackay Mountain Marathon - our two biggest every year."

May 16 is the beginning of Bike Week another annual event Corry Cycles is involved with.

"Bike Week is great and we have lots of support from Mackay Regional Council," Corry said.

"It's a great way for people to gain interest in cycling.

"Our goal is to continue to develop the sport further. All my staff members ride daily and I do as well, even though I don't compete as much anymore."

Corry recommends cycling to anyone and everyone, regardless of their age or fitness background.

"It keeps you fit and is a low impact way of training," he said.

"Cycling is a social sport, with lots of events and big groups taking part.

"This sport is great for your mental health as well and Mackay has some great facilities like the Bluewater Trail."

On May 17 Corry and 11 other riders will be riding from Townsville to Mackay as part of the Ride for KG event.

"We are aiming to finish at 6.30pm on the Thursday at The Dispensary. It will be a great test for the boys taking part," he said.

"We are aiming to do 150km a day then, when we finish, we will have a few drinks and relax."

Corry will then turn his attention towards the Pedal the Ponds event taking place on May 22 at the Gooseponds.

"We decided to create this event for kids of all ages to take part in," he said.

"This is because children are unable to take part in the River to Reef event.

"It's a good way to get children involved in the sport.



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