What is Cycle Against the Beast?
Cycle Against the Beast is a series of charity rides, that I plan to do, to raise funds and awareness for one of the charities that I support:
The inaugural ride will take place in May/June, 2017. The aim is to ride from Spotless Stadium, in Sydney’s west, and finishing up at either the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), in Melbourne. I intend to arrive in time for Big Freeze 3, which is on the 12th of June (Queen’s Birthday public holiday). The Big Freeze is a high profile charity fund raiser for Fight MND (previously known as the Cure for MND Foundation), and the first one took place on the 9th of June, 2014.
The second ride will take place in October, 2019. I will be departing from the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on the 5th of October. I plan to arrive at the MCG on the 1st of November. This second ride will be a little over twice the distance of the first – a total of just over 2100 km!
Why Cycle Against the Beast?
Neale Daniher, who is Vice President of Fight MND, was diagnosed with MND in 2013. It is a battle that he’s tackling head on. An adversary that he calls The Beast.
Why this charity?
MND (Motor Neurone Disease), has no cure. It is a progressive disease which attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal chord. This ultimately leads to signals not reaching your muscles (which will eventually waste away). It can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink, breathe, and so on. It is a silent killer. Fight MND exists to raise funds and awareness of the disease – funding goes towards providing care to those who have the disease, and also to attempt to find a cure. To Cure. To Care. To Make Aware.
How can I donate?
Fundraising pages will be linked from the appropriate posts. My current bicycle ride is taking part in Pedal Cure 4 FightMND. A supported group bicycle ride, of around 700 km, from Ungarie to Windy Hill (in Essendon). Though, I will be doing an additional 480, or so, km of my own (self-supported and solo):
- Pedal Cure 4 FightMND donation page.
- Past fundraisers:
Will these rides only be in Australia?
Definitely not. When I do my around the world bicycle trip, I will continue raising funds and awareness for the charity – regardless of the country I’m in.
Thank you for reading.
Together, we can all Beat the Beast!