Russell Southall is entering the great Brisbane Bike Ride on April 29 for the 10th year.

DECADE: Russell Southall of Birkdale will cycle up 10 years in the Great Brisbane Bike Ride on April 29.

DECADE: Russell Southall of Birkdale will cycle up 10 years in the Great Brisbane Bike Ride on April 29.

The Mt Coot-tha Challenge is an annual tradition for Russell Southall, 63 of Birkdale who on April 29 celebrates a decade of tackling the Great Brisbane Bike Ride.

Mr Southall said he was looking forward to the 110km ride, featuring a 2.3km, nine per cent climb up Brisbane’s highest peak.

“I enjoy the challenge and in my 10th year I am aiming to finish with my best time yet,” he said.

“I started cycling in 2001 as a preferred method for commuting to the city and over time my passion for bike riding grew. As my bike fitness improved I decided to push myself to take on bigger challenges like mass ride events. The Great Brisbane Bike Ride has been a highlight on my calendar every year since.”

Mr Southall will be one of more than 2000 to take part in the Bicycle Queensland event.

“Bike riding is for all ages, fitness levels and abilities and the Great Brisbane Bike Ride has events suitable for everyone.There’s no better way to enjoy some of Brisbane’s best sights,” he said.

CYCLIST: Russell Southall.

CYCLIST: Russell Southall.

The Bicycle Queensland event is for people of all ages and fitness levels, with 110km, 75km and 40km course options as well as a family fun ride.

For more daring riders there will be an optional Mount Coot-tha Challenge — a timed 2.3km, nine per cent climb. Registration is at http://gbbr.com.au/. More on Bicycle Queensland at bq.org.au.