See at Ride For Life

July 21, 2008
See at Ride For Life

Yes, the Ride for Life is back again in 2008, for the fifth consecutive year, and this year it will be staged on a Sunday for the very first time.

It’s a fun day for everyone! And it’s for all ages. Whether you are there to compete, cheer on the cyclists, provide support for your corporate team, join in with the fun ride, check out the latest cycling equipment with the bicycle trade show, get your face painted, jump on the jumping castle or just enjoy the atmosphere – it is a day to mark in your calendar.

The Ride for Life has not only moved to a Sunday but to a new course in the centre of the Park. The course is much easier than last year and will be a little more conducive to faster pedalling. It’s sure to provide exciting racing with the course reduced to a fast undulating 2-kilometre circuit.

This is the one day a year in cycling where cancer survivors, kids with their mums & dads, past Olympic champions, corporate groups, amateur and professional cyclists can take up the challenge and help raise the much-needed funds for the cancer unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

And this year participants can raise additional funds by being sponsored and supported as an Everyday Hero. No matter what event, whether it is the registered racing events of the corporate challenge or the recreational family ride, sign up with Everyday hero, create your own web page and have the chance of winning an Avanti Illusion Comfort bike, kindly donated by Avanti.

This is a way of raising substantial funds for those that need it the most!!

Activities for children include a family fun cycle, entertainment, face painting and jumping castles. Plenty of food available or just bring a picnic hamper.

Why Ride for Life?
The Ride for Life is an established cycle event that has become the feature cycling event in NSW and has to date raised in excess of $170,000 for the Prince of Wales Oncology Department.

An energetic committee, headed by Rick Christie, a cancer survivor himself as well as Professor Michael Friedlander, the Director of Medical Oncology, staff of Prince of Wales Foundation, Phill Bates AM, NSW’s leading cycling promoter, and several other community citizens (some cancer survivors themselves) have combined together to develop and continue to support this event that will assist funding for cancer treatment and research.

Rick Christie, a lawyer and his wife, both underwent cancer treatment at the same time after being diagnosed in 2002. Rick, inspired by the feats of Lance Armstrong and his world acclaimed book “It’s not about the bike” not only became motivated to overcome testicular cancer but to also emulate what Lance Armstrong had undertaken in America with the “Ride for Roses” Charity Ride, and looked for a way to raise funds for cancer treatment and do something to assist other cancer sufferers and the community.

Building on the success of the past four years the committee is focused on 2008 and beyond to make the Ride for Life Day a great day of cycling, with a family involvement, all grades of cycling from D grade to Aces, a corporate challenge and the fun ride in a very much picnic atmosphere. Centennial Park has welcomed the staging of a festival atmosphere featuring music, entertainment, international food stalls, bicycle trade show and market day.

The day will also show off some of our professional cyclists with Olympians and Games champions Steve Wooldridge OAM and Ben Kersten, both ambassadors for the event. The Honourable Peter Garrett MP, Minister for Environment, is the race patron.

Entry fees are $30 for a standard entry, $40 for a late entry whilst a corporate team of five cyclists can enter in the Corporate Teams Challenge for a fee of $250. The Fun Ride is being staged as a great occasion for families to pedal along with the many celebrities and raise funds for the Department of Oncology.

The racing events and the fun ride will be staged on a closed 2-kilometre circuit – free from all traffic. It will have safety barricades and marshals scattered at points around the course to ensure everyone can enjoy their day. The Red Cross will also be on hand.

The fun ride is the ideal opportunity to join other recreational pedallers, celebrities, and members of parliament, Olympic champions and cancer sufferers to raise the much-needed funds. The $20 fee for an individual or $40 for a family will certainly help with the ride due to start at 2pm, just after the conclusion of the racing program.

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