We LOVE doing our bit to promote the health benefits of cycling, but did you know you could also contribute to the wellbeing of others simply by riding your bike?
Whether you’re an amateur cyclist or a pro rider, sign up for the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer charity event, which rolls out around the world each year – including four locations here in Oz. This year, you can join the feel-good pelotons in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, covering 200 kilometres in two days and raising money for an awesome cause.
First up is the Brisbane ride, rolling through the picturesque countryside and the city on 16–17 August. Last year, 1236 participants raised $4.2 million for cancer research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, one of the largest research institutes in Australia.
Then it’s Sydney’s turn on 11–12 October. Follow a winding route through the Blue Mountains, along the banks of the Hawkesbury River and back to the heart of Sydney, where you’ll be greeted by thousands of cheering supporters.
The following weekend, on 18–19 October, the focus will be on Perth. Departing the CBD, you’ll ride out to the beautiful countryside through the Darling Range. You’ll then set up camp in the seaside town of Mandurah for the night, before pushing back along the coast and back to Perth the following day.
Bike-mad Victoria is the scene for the final foray, on 25–26 October, as the ride conquers the Mornington Peninsula, cycling past vineyards and through coastal towns. The Victorian ride benefits the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer. Last year, Victorians raised $4.3 million with 1223 proud riders participating.