Putting the pedal to the metal
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.
Brett Phillips and Darren Pain will jump on a bike on Sunday for Rochester’s annual Pedal for a Purpose.