Great start to cycling fundraising Challenge
Finley’s Julie Thomson and Sandra Gray have set themselves the task of participating in the Great Cycle Challenge.
The Great Cycle Challenge is a national Children’s Medical Research Institute fundraising initiative held throughout the month of October.
Both ladies have set their goal to ride 500km this month accompanying each other on their journeys.
They started out their month with a 90.7km ride taking a long route to Berrigan and back.
‘‘We didn’t ease ourselves into it that’s for sure,’’ Julie said with a laugh.
‘‘We rode all the way there and then realised that we had to go all the way back, so we were just forced to do it.
‘‘We haven’t trained for the month or anything either, we just have kind of gone out and done it.
‘‘At least we got to have a few days off from cycling because of it.’’
When asked why they’re doing it, both responded with a simple answer: To raise money for cancer research.
‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to not have had a personal story with cancer,’’ Julie said.
‘‘But it’s just such a good cause so we thought we would help out and do what we can.’’
Participating in the Challenge has had its perks with Sandra winning the draw for the Trek Domane SL6 valued at $4499 just by signing up for the month of riding.
‘‘It was announced last month and it was a great surprise,’’ Sandra said.
‘‘I’ve been using the new bike and will continue to use it for the rest of the month.
‘‘It’s been a good month so far. I can cope with the rain and hail but it’s that wind that I don’t like,’’ she said.
When the Southern Riverina News went to print yesterday, Julie had clocked up 187km and Sandra 164.6km.
Both ladies have already posted a strong fundraising tally — Julie with a current tally of $1191 and Sandra with $745.
If you want to donate to either go to https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/JulieThomson or https:/ /greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/ SandraGray.
Sandra Gray (left) and Julie Thomson during one of their rides for the Great Cycle Challenge.