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: Fight MND
The first ride took place in May & June 2017. I started from the then named Spotless Stadium (now named Giants Stadium) on the 20th of May, and arrived at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on the 8th of June – in plenty of time for Big Freeze 3 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 started on the 5th of October, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The aim was to reach the MCG on the 1st of November, cycling a total of 2100 km over the period of four weeks. Unfortunately, due to a recurring knee complaint, the ride was abandoned on the 9th of October, at Blayney – over 1800 km short.
The next major ride will be a bicycle ride around the world, starting in 2022 – tentatively starting on the 1st of April. I’ve written up a planned itinerary, which is always subject to change – particularly in regards as to post-COVID19.
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):
- 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!