CYCLING gives George Baska a lot of time to think.
And the 65-year-old has a lot on his mind.
The Lions Club of Coolum member will cycle 200km in the Rio Tinto Ride To Conquer Cancer in August.
Mr Baska has set himself a deadline of year's end to raise $10,000 for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
But first he must raise the $2500 entry fee.
The ride begins in Brisbane on August 18.
Riders will head west and camp under the stars before making their way back to Brisbane and the finish line on August 19.
Mr Baska said he had good personal reasons to be involved in the ride.
"A few of my friends have passed from cancer over the years. I just really want to do it for them," he said.
Mr Baska said the thing he enjoyed most about cycling was the solitude.
"It gives you time to think about what you want, how you're going about it, improvements, and what's important and what's not in life."
Mr Baska is already putting in the long hours and hard yards in the lead-up to the ride.
Lately he has been concentrating on hill work.
Last year, 1343 riders helped to raise $4.7 million for QIMR.
To make a donation to Mr Baska call him on 0414 471 919 or visit conquercancer.org.au, click on "donate" and type in George Baska.