Putting the pedal to the metal

Campaspe News - - NEWS - — Rusty Woodger

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of Sun­day’s Pedal for a Pur­pose fundraiser are ex­pect­ing an­other strong turnout.

The Rochester event has al­ready raised more than $22,000 in much­needed funds for re­search into mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis since the in­au­gu­ral bike ride in 2014.

Co-or­gan­iser Brett Phillips said it was shap­ing to be an­other suc­cess­ful oc­ca­sion this week­end.

‘‘It’s go­ing re­ally good and we’re op­ti­mistic we will build on last year,’’ he said.

‘‘Last year was bet­ter than the first year and we’re try­ing to keep that trend go­ing.’’

The event of­fers three rid­ing op­tions — 20km, 50km and 100km — while there is also a 5km walk op­tion along the Cam­paspe River.

Af­ter tak­ing part in the 100km ride in the past two years, Mr Phillips said he will be tak­ing it a lit­tle eas­ier this time.

‘‘I’m just do­ing the 50km this year. My com­mit­ment to train­ing hasn’t re­ally been up to scratch,’’ he laughed.

‘‘But, re­gard­less, it’s nice to be able to sup­port a wor­thy cause, and an event like this is a key mo­ti­va­tor for ex­er­cise.

‘‘The event is de­signed to be allinclu­sive. There’s no pres­sure. It’s not a race. You don’t have to be fit.

‘‘You can turn up on the day with your rusty old bike from the shed, it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter as long as you’re there.’’

The rides will start and fin­ish at Rochester and El­more Dis­trict Health Ser­vice.

They will cross the Cam­paspe River then wind their way through Rochester and sur­round­ing ru­ral ar­eas, pass­ing many dairy farms, winer­ies and lightly tim­bered ar­eas which re­flect the beau­ti­ful north­cen­tral area. The 50km ride will climb Trewins Hill and the 100km ride will climb both Trewins and Mt Camel.

Rid­ers will de­part at 7am for the 100km ride and at 8am for the other rides.

The walk will start at 9.30am and take in a shorter but sim­i­lar area along the banks of the Cam­paspe River.

To reg­is­ter or make a do­na­tion, visit www.ped­al4ms.com.au

Or­gan­is­ers are also seek­ing volun- teers to help with the run­ning of the day. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Colleen Cur­ran on 0407 868 437.

Photo: Rusty Woodger

Brett Phillips and Dar­ren Pain will jump on a bike on Sun­day for Rochester’s an­nual Pedal for a Pur­pose.

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