Going the distance for kids: gearing up for Wagga-to-Orange ride

NICE PLACE TO STOP: Nick ‘Hilly’ Johnston, Brendan Garard and Andrew Price catching their breath at the top of Mount Canobolas.

NICE PLACE TO STOP: Nick ‘Hilly’ Johnston, Brendan Garard and Andrew Price catching their breath at the top of Mount Canobolas.

It’s a gruelling 420-kilometre ride from Wagga Wagga to Orange, but Andrew Price believes it's for a very worthy cause. 

Andrew and around 100 others will take part in the Royal Far West Ride for Country Kids this March. 

Andrew says his team, made up of riders from Orange and Sydney, is currently preparing for the fundraising trip. 

“At the moment, we are riding about 150 kilometres a week and that’s just with the guys from Orange,” Andrew said.

“In the next couple of weeks, we will ramp that up to 200 kilometres a week, including a 100 kilometre ride this week and next week.” 

Having been one of the people to come up with the fundraising initiative and completing his first ride for Royal Far West back in 2012, Andrew said you find that once someone has done one ride, they are eager to do more. 

“(Royal Far West) really stood out to me because I grew up in the country,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity to support country kids, I thought it was a great thing.

“There are four of us who have been on it every year. Around 30 people have done it three years in a row. 

“Once someone does it, they generally sign up again.” 

The riders are sponsored along the way, with Andrew and his team raising thousands of dollars every year for Royal Far West. 

“So far this year our team has just raised $9500 and $15,000 is the target,” he said. 

“With so much fundraising going on, you need to do something a bit different.”

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