Former Orange residents Adrian West and Mark Jennings believe the most exciting thing about participating in this year’s gruelling Tour de Cure NSW country tour is helping make a difference to find a cure for cancer.
Mr West said they were eager to form part of a 42-man team that will ride more than 580 kilometres in the tour which helps raise vital funds and awareness for cancer.
“Like most people I’ve had family and friends suffer and be affected by cancer so I’d like to do all I can to help raise funds and awareness for this disease,” Mr West said.
“If we can help raise a bit of money that one day helps find a cure for cancer then it will be well and truly worth it.”
Leaving from Bathurst at 7am this morning, the riders will make their way to Orange this afternoon, before stopping at Young, Crookwell and finishing at Bundanoon on Saturday afternoon.
It’s hoped the tour will help raise more than $138,000 for cancer research.
Both Mr West and Mr Jennings will complete the entire 580 kilometre trek, a daunting challenge they agreed - but both are well prepared.
“I’ve been training for a little while, doing around 250 -300 kilometres a week depending on family commitments. Earlier in the year I also completed the Orange to Dubbo ride with members of the Orange Triathlon Club,” Mr West said.
Along the way, members of the cycling team will stop off at a range of schools, eager to spread the message to more than 3000 children that being fit and healthy can help prevent cancer.
To help with this message, Tour de Cure will make a special $5000 donation to the Cancer Council’s Eat It To Beat It nutritional program which will assist across the Orange community.
Members of the public are being invited to help celebrate this donation and the efforts of all riders at Hotel Canobolas tonight from 6-8pm.
For more information visit www.tourdecure.com.au