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A WHEELY GOOD cause

Published:
01/10/2016
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Think local

Logan Ross is not afraid to challenge himself. The 28-year-old Dee Why resident signed up to do the 2015 Variety Cycle event with his dad, Duncan Ross, despite the fact he doesn't even own a pushbike. "As a bit of a laugh, I borrowed my partner's bike on the weekend and with a few friends cycled the 10 kilometres from Mona Vale to Dee Why, stopping at all our mates' houses along the way. It was quite a fun experience,” says Logan, who admits to falling off more than few times.

He adds. "I'll definitely have to purchase a sturdier bike for the Sydney to Bowral 135-kilometre leg of the Variety Cycle."

Logan's dad, Duncan, is slightly more prepared. Although the 53-year-old Warriewood resident hasn't actually been training, he has bought a bike.

Participants in the charity cycle can choose to take part in the whole 15day adventure from Sydney to Hobart, or they can opt to cycle for shorter stints - riding the eight-day Sydney to Melbourne or seven-day Melbourne to Hobart. Less serious riders can also choose to do a two-day ride, or even a one-day cycle.

For Logan and his dad, who both motorcycle recreationally, The Variety Cycle is unlike anything they have ever attempted on pushbikes.

"We have never participated in a Variety Cycle event, however after sponsoring a table at the launch dinner and being inspired by the speeches, I was keen to get involved,” Logan tells Peninsula Living. "if the camaraderie, adventure and excitement is anything like the Variety B to B Bash, which we regularly participate in, it’s guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun.”

The event starts in Sydney on February 28 and finishes in Hobart on March 15. Participants will travel through some of Australia's most iconic cycling trails and landscapes en route to their final destination. More than just a bike ride, The Variety Cycle is a quest to improve the lives of Australian children in need across remote regional Australian communities, while giving participants a unique experience. Riders engage with developing communities and schools along the way, delivering much-needed equipment and resources. With an overall fundraising goal of $1 million, funds are regularly being donated due to the cyclists’ remarkable fundraising efforts, combined with the generosity of event sponsors.

Tam Johnston, CEO of Variety, says. "The Variety Cycle is a unique cycling event where riders get to experience the benefit of their fundraising efforts first hand. Equipment for schools and individual children will be delivered en route personally by the riders, with further funds raised to benefit children and their families in the wider community."

The Variety Cycle is a new flagship event for the charity, which is hoping to raise $1 million with this event.

 

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