Prostate fundraisers pedal the High Country
A GROUP of male cyclists from Geelong and Ballarat completed a seven day fundraising ride last week to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer.
The Pedal for Prostate (P4P) ride started out and finished at Geelong, and included two large mountain climbs over the seven day ride, including Mt Baw Baw and Mt Buller.
The group of around 15 riders plus support crew came through Mansfield last Tuesday, having left Eildon that morning, and were bracing themselves for the big climb up Mt Buller.
Joining them for the ascent was Jess Douglas, the world 24hr Solo Mountain Bike champion who has a coffee shop and mountain bike hire store, The Corner Store, at Buller.
The group then stayed at the Police Lodge at Merrijig before coming back through Mansfield on Wednesday as they headed for Benalla, enroute to Nagambie.
Aged 40 and upwards, the all-male group, including a number who have experienced first-hand prostate cancer, were aiming to raise $35,000, up from $30,000 the year before, with donations via their website and from sponsors the main source of funds.
A sense of camaraderie and purpose was evident in the group which was no doubt called upon in spades when making the big climb, symbolic of the spirit and purpose required to tackle prostate cancer as a sufferer, survivor or carer.
In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.
More than 3000 men die of prostate cancer in Australia every year.
More men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer.
The risk of getting prostate cancer by the age of 75 is one in seven men.
People wishing to donate to the P4P cause can do so on line at www. p4pcancer.com.