This year Bikeexchange is proud to be a sponsor of the MS Melbourne Summer Cycle event, and together with MS Australia are encouraging cyclists to ‘get on their bike for people with MS’.
On Sunday 25 March, 5,000 cyclists will take to the street to pedal for a cause in the 2012 MS Melbourne Cycle, aiming to raise $750,000 for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). With changes to the event, which include an improved route for the 46km course and the introduction of a 15km Fun Ride, the MS Melbourne Cycle now has something for everyone, from keen cyclists to families and recreational riders who prefer to enjoy their cycling at a more leisurely pace.
Carol Cooke is the MS ambassador for the 2012 MS Melbourne Cycle. Carol has been living with the challenges of multiple sclerosis for over fourteen years. “I was told bluntly when diagnosed in 1998, that I had MS and to go home and get my affairs in order before I was incapacitated,” she said.
The determined and inspirational Carol has gone on to found the 24 Hour Mega Swim, raising funds to provide scholarships and financial assistance to some of the 21,000 Australians living with MS and her latest sporting challenge has seen her take up competitive para-cycling. After winning medals at the 2011 Para-Cycling World Road Championships in Denmark she now has her sights firmly set on winning gold at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Carol is enthusiastic about the benefits of cycling and encourages everyone to get involved in the event.
“Cycling is a great way to get out in the fresh air and sunshine and get some exercise. While it was hard for me initially, I really believe that regular exercise is keeping me healthy and the fitter I get the better I am able to deal with the fatigue associated with my MS,” Ms Cooke said.
“The Fun Ride is the perfect way to get involved in the MS Melbourne Cycle. It’s accessible for all ages and abilities and a great opportunity for parents to bring the kids along make it a family activity,” she suggests.
“And it’s not only a great day out, but yet another way to help MS Australia – ACT/NSW/VIC build awareness and raise vital funds for people living with MS.”
Registrations for the event are still open, and anyone wishing to join Carol’s team ‘Riding for MS’ can do so by visiting www.msmelbournecycle.org.au, clicking ‘enter online’ and following the steps.
When: Sunday 25 March 2012
Where: Princes Park, cnr Royal Pde & Walker St - Carlton North
Start times: 46km Course: from 7.00am – 08.30
15km Fun Ride: from 8.45am – 09.30am
Event website www.msmelbournecycle.org.au