Shaun Lee wins the Optus 1km time trial at Centro as part of the Tour de Cure fundraising and awareness campaign and takes home a brand new smart phone.
Shaun Lee wins the Optus 1km time trial at Centro as part of the Tour de Cure fundraising and awareness campaign and takes home a brand new smart phone. Renee Pilcher

Shy Shaun beats all for title

CYCLING: Triathlon athlete Shaun Lee said he really was not much of a cyclist, but that did not stop him from beating about 200 others in the Optus 1km time trial held at Centro all this week.

With a time of 49 seconds Shaun has claimed bragging rights as one of the fastest in Gympie on a bike.

"I do some cycling occasionally on weekends. But mostly I'm a runner," he said yesterday while collecting his prize from Optus.

Optus Cycle Challenge was held as part of a fundraising campaign for Tour de Cure, of which Optus was a proud platinum sponsor.

The tour involves 62 men and women riding 1656km from Brisbane to Mission Beach, raising money for the fight against cancer.

On the ride for the third time Optus general manager Field Sales Reid Meldrum said he was impressed with the Gympie competitors.

"Even seniors had a go. One was a 78-year-old - 66-year-old Lez did it in one minute, that's only 11 seconds off the winning time," he said.

A little tired, Meldrum and about 15 other riders stopped by the Cycle Challenge for a cycle off yesterday on their return to Rainbow Beach.

There they will attend a community dinner and give a local organisation that helps cancer patients with $5000.

The riders set out from Brisbane on Thursday.

Yesterday they rode about 75km from Noosa, mainly taking the back roads through the forest.

Meldrum said there was a lot of pre work and training involved. "Most people do six months of 300 to 500km a week.

"It's getting up early and being dedicated, even on weekends.

"It definitely is tough," he said.

"But we relate it to battling cancer, that's even tougher. We want to spread awareness of how you can a lead healthy, happy, fit life.

"The Tour de Cure riders and Optus team thank the community in Gympie. Thanks for all the toots."

The Tour motto is Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy, a good way to prevent cancer.

The riders aim to be at Mission Beach by Sunday and raise $2 million this year.

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