Olive was 56 when she first learnt to ride a bicycle. “We lived at the top of a large hill and at first it took me 4 attempts at getting to the top”. Over 30 years later at 87 she is an inspiration, still cycling 40km a week.
“I just love the scenery when I ride. I entered myself on the MAD tour (Melbourne Autumn Day Tour) a 100km bike ride which goes over Mt Macedon and follows the edge of the Wombat State Forest. The ride is about people of all ages and abilities getting active and enjoying some of the best cycling Victoria has to offer. The ride was one of the best things I have ever done and once I achieved that I thought if I can do that, I can do anything.”
Olive has met heaps of friends cycling. This included a big group of them, who would meet every Tuesday for a 90km social ride. “We had a ball. We didn’t take it too seriously, never raced and just rode for fun. We were always in the milk bars or the cafes drinking coffee.”
Over the last 30 years, Olive has ridden in many of Australia’s most iconic cycling routes including; the Blue Mountains to Melbourne, Moe to Beechworth, a tour to Mount Gambier and a 29 day ride to the Great Nullarbor. “I have a genuine love for riding and I have seen so much of Australia as a result of it.”
These days Olive worries about her husband when she is not there, so she has joined her husband up to the MePACS service, now giving Olive the reassurance she needs.
“If anything happens to my husband when I’m not there, it gives me peace of mind knowing help for him is only a press of a button away.”
Apart from riding on a regular basis, Olive also enjoys visiting her local golf club where she plays occasionally but also enjoys the social interaction. She also has a keen interest in bush walking, gardening and hiking.
“I also find peace and comfort in gardening, that’s something I like to do at home. I find if I sit at home too much my body slows down.
I love and need to keep both physically and socially active and I just love getting outside”.