TAFE Queensland Team Profile with Laura Massingham
How many riders are there in your TAFE team?
We should have about a dozen by the time all registrations are in.
How many years has there been a TAFE team in GBBR?
This is our second year. Liked it so much last year we’re back again!
Why is GBBR the best Brisbane bike ride?
You get to see so much of Brisbane. I live on the Gold Coast so I am always amazed at how diverse the scenery is around Brisbane. From the inner city you don’t have to travel far by bike and you’re riding past beautiful acreage properties. And hills. There are so many hills. Plus, who doesn’t love the opportunity to incorporate a river crossing by ferry into a ride?
What is good about doing this as a work team? What benefits do you and the team get?
Entering our work team in a ride like this helps to motivate us for our weekly social TAFE ride, with something to aim to get our legs ready for. It also gives us something to trash talk each other about, especially when it comes to the hill element. Generally speaking, riding together with colleagues has given us great camaraderie in the workplace and an excellent excuse to add new kit to our cycling wardrobes.
Any pre race tricks/routines/mottos for your TAFE team?
Our pre-race motto is that it’s never too early to taper. Our other motto is to Make Great Happen! It’s what we do at TAFE every day, and cycling with our colleagues lets us Make Great Happen outside of work, too.
Do you do a pre race team meal/ post race brekky? If so what do you eat?
After GBBR last year we went out in South Bank to refuel with burgers, chips, steaks, and fluids of course. Our regular weekly ride is more about finishing with donuts. The location of the donuts is a key component of our ride route planning. Will there be gluten free donuts at the GBBR finish line? If so, that would really help the TAFE riders get to the finish line. If not, we are wondering if you could ask Anne whether it’s too late to change the route.
Are you and your team competitive with each other – how so/expand?
One of our team members has a famous motto: If there is more than one rider, it’s a race. Having said that, as much as we like to compare times up Cemetery and Highgate or push hard along the Corso, we encourage each other to come out for a ride for the fun and fitness.
Any goals for this GBBR for your team?
To finish with gluten free donuts.
Also, to celebrate a new team member of ours. Paul has been a runner all of his life, and now, having entered his fifth decade, we’ve finally convinced him to get on two wheels. He’s loving it, and we’re really looking forward to cheering him over the finish line.
What would you say to others thinking of putting a work team together?
Do it! Putting together a cycling group at work has seen us forming friendships with people from all different parts of our business who we might not otherwise have ever met. It has been really positive for our workplace culture. It’s also an excellent way to get approval to design some custom kit.
Favourite cycling quote?
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” – Ernest Hemingway
We think this quote describes GBBR perfectly!