Mansfield Courier

Ride to Recovery a fantastic trip for Cameron

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LOCAL bike rider Cameron McGann got back on the bike to ride over 850km in January as part of the fundraiser, Ride to Recovery.

Covering some of the most difficult terrain in Tasmania, the Hobart to Launceston ride raised funds for blood cancer research.

For Mr McGann, it was an opportunit­y to make a difference, despite the fact that it was more than 10 years since he was last on a bike.

Inspired by the chance to make a difference, Mr McGann said he was participat­ing in the Ride to Recovery to raise money and awareness for leukaemia.

Having now recovered from his exertions, he has taken some time to fill his supporters in on his ride.

“We flew to Tassie on Sunday, February 22 arriving to a balmy 35 degrees in Hobart, very nice, what could possibly go wrong,” he said.

“Day one saw the group leave Hobart, ride to the top of Mt Wellington (20km uphill), then 20 down then start the Hobart to Port Arthur leg, a total of 134km, about 80 of them done in the rain, wind, thunder and lightning - typical Tassie stuff.

“Day two was Hobart to Tarraleah some 122km of lovely views, river flats, nice stops for morning tea and lunch, great food - much needed food as the climbs were relentless.

“I would class this day as my toughest ever day of cycling as I and our team leader helped push two of our fellow riders up some extreme hills.

“Well worth it though as this is a team event.

“Day three saw the Tarraleah to Strahan section of 174km, once again up and down hills all day.

“I was looking forward to getting back to sea level.

“Once again the Tassie people looked after us grandly.

“We did have a small hiccup when two riders fell on a descent just out of Queenstown, but luckily no one was seriously hurt.

“The team had a great night at Strahan only to wake to more rain, damn.

“Day four had us going from Strahan to Cradle Mountain, 125km.

“It was meant to be 150km but roadworks meant we had to be carted 25km in the follow van, with all our bikes, not real nice.

“Excellent scenery along the way, some of the best so far.

“Tough getting going and stop- ping, in cars and out of cars but life goes on.

“It was amazing to ride into the car park at Cradle Mountain, despite the rain for most of the day.

“The Cradle Mountain to Devonport leg on day five was 92km supposedly all downhill.

“Well Tasmania doesn’t really give you the all-downhill option.

“It was a hard 92km, but good to see the ocean again, very nice.

“We had a relaxed lunch of hamburgers and chips before going to our accommodat­ion, where the Hawthorn footballer­s were staying as well.

“Finally day six, Devonport to Grindewald 78km, a nice little ride to finish the event.

“It was anticipate­d that a 40km ride, with winery tour after lunch would go ahead, but bad weather and a great little resort got in the way of that.

“This was a fantastic trip with lots of great people.

“I only previously knew t wo people out of the 30 that took part so there were lots of new friends.”

Mr McGann has advised us that so far the event has raised in excess of $140,000 for the Myeloma and Leukaemia Foundation­s.

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