• Aaron has cycled 15,000km from London to UQ. Photo credit: University of QueenslandAaron has cycled 15,000km from London to UQ. Photo credit: University of Queensland

Former UQ student cycles 15,000km for a fitness check

A former University of Queensland student is due to arrive at the University today after cycling 15,000km from London for a fitness test!

Former School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences student Aaron Austin-Glen, 34, has cycled through 20 countries to get back to the University of Queensland.

He will be undertaking a scientific assessment of his fitness level – the VO2 Max test.  Aaron explained: “The last time I did a VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake test) at UQ would have been 1999, I was into running half-marathons and triathlons in those days, but I have been living in London for the past decade, going to gigs, enjoying life… and you can let things slide by the wayside. I obviously feel great physically after cycling all this way, and the VO2 max will be a nice test of where I am at.”

The trans-global bike ride has taken just under a year and traversed 20 different countries - Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and India.

Aaron, now a music event manager, undertook the cycling challenge to meet new people and refresh his perspective on life, but along the way has been filming his travels and raising money for the Lightyear Foundation – a charity that promotes science education in developing countries. We hope Aaron is also pleased with his fitness test result after all that exercise. 

If you want to find out more about studying sport science, nutrition or exercise in Australia or New Zealand, contact a Study Options student advisor for a course list - you don’t have to cycle to get there!

Update from the UQ news site on 8th July 2015: Aaron is very pleased with his fitness results!

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