Pedaling for mental health.

Team Life Cycle are taking on the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay to raise money to help Uniting support people to better manage their mental health.

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Murray to Moyne cycle relay fundraiser.

Team Life Cycle are taking on the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay to raise much-needed funds for Uniting’s Mental Health Services. Our programs work to build skills, boost confidence, and assist people to better manage their mental health. 
 
The event is run on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2022. The team will cycle 520km all up, riding from Echuca to Port Fairy relay style over the 2 days.
 
Team Life Cycle consists of 9 very passionate cyclists all thriving on the challenge of pushing their bodies to the very limit to raise money to support people struggling to manage their mental health.
 

What is Murray to Moyne?

The Murray to Moyne is a team relay endurance event from Echuca to Port Fairy.

It encourages riders to raise money for hospitals, health services and health-related charities close to their hearts.

Entering its 35th year, the event also continues Graham Woodrup (Woody’s) dream of getting more people to realise the fabulous health and social benefits of riding a bike while using their talents to help others.

Meet the team

"Captain America"

Chris Moorfoot

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
AKA “Morf”. I’ve been riding for as long as I can remember. When I was young, my bike was my transport and means of escape. Now that I’m over 50,

not much has changed other than it’s not my only, but certainly my most economical transport. 

How many M2M’s have you completed?
I’ve completed the M2M 7 times and looking forward as always to my 8th!!

What do you enjoy most about the event?
Everything! From forming a team, working together before, during and after the event is very satisfying. Add to that riding to support a very worthy cause and knowing that the other riders and teams are also out there doing the same thing. The whole concept of the Murray to Moyne is brilliant and is a way to really test yourself.

How many bikes do you own?
Currently 4 roadbikes with one gravel bike on the way. Usually an (X) Aspirational bike on the radar, lets see once the gravel bike arrives…..

When I’m on a bike…
I zone out and find my happy peaceful place. Nothing is more important except how long until the next coffee, or fruit toast, or next coffee!

How do you feel about lycra?
I’m glad the bit you sit on is padded, kind of pointless without it. I find lycra comfortable yet mysterious as it seems to somehow multiply in my wardrobe. It would be handy if it was self cleaning though!!

"Aquaman"

Mark Abella

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
I live with my family in North Warrandyte. Cycling keeps me physically fit, it is something I can do with my family, and it is a great way to

escape from the pressures of a demanding job and that horrible necessity called chores!

How many M2M’s have you completed?
I have completed 3 M2M’s.

What do you enjoy most about the event?
I enjoy the team camaraderie and crossing the finishing line.

How many bikes do you own?
I own 3. A mountain bike, a commuter bike and a ‘go fast‘ bike.

When I’m on a bike…
I have to watch where I am going because I have a tendency to crash!

How do you feel about lycra?
Lycra keeps me warm in Winter, cool in Summer, enough said!

"Ironman"

Dean Mariott

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
The things I love about cycling are being part of the cycling community, setting goals and accomplishing them, and of course the

charitable opportunities.

How many M2M’s have you completed?
2 so far (2019 2021).

What do you enjoy most about the event?
I enjoy the physical challenge and the teamwork aspects of the M2M.

How many bikes do you own?
I have 1 bike but 2022 may see the addition of a triathalon bike.

When I’m on a bike…
I am usually just trying to keep up!

How do you feel about lycra?
Definetly a dubious fashion choice for me but a necessity though.

"Mystique"

Sophie Mancey-Jones

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
Always biked as a kid/student/young professional as the quickest and cheapest way to get around. Got back into it 4 years ago when I signed up for my works M2M team and never

looked back!

How many M2M’s have you completed?
3 thus far.

What do you enjoy most about the event?
Challenge and Comradeship

How many bikes do you own?
3 including a Roadie, MTB and heavy commuter (good resistance training he he).

When I’m on a bike…
I feel free!!

How do you feel about lycra?
A necessary evil and comfortable. Good on young ripped body’s, unforgiving on everyone else’s!

"Cat Woman"

Kate Young

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
I am an OT and have been riding a bike for about 10 years. Love riding hills and trying to keep fit. Have done a couple of Alpine Classics and the Peaks Challenge which have all been

positive experiences and have given me the confidence that you can do anything on a bike. Love how far you can get under your own steam.

How many M2M’s have you completed?
One only thus far (2016).

What do you enjoy most about the event?
Teamwork, meeting new people, seeing country Victoria, riding at night in a group.

How many bikes do you own?
3 with one being a 30 year old trek mountain bike.

When I’m on a bike…
I just keep pedaling, solve the problems of the world and think about names of the ride for Strava.

How do you feel about lycra?
Love lycra but it doesn’t like me.

"The Green Lantern"

Edwin Young

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
I love finding myself miles from home and marvelling at how I got there; gaining fitness without killing your joints; killer views when you least expect them and coffee.

How many M2M’s have you completed?
One only thus far (2016).

What do you enjoy most about the event?
The company, the relatively flat riding, dinner in Stawell, and the night ride past the Grampians and rolling into Port Fairy with the big group on Sunday morning.

How many bikes do you own?
2 Giant TCR’s.

When I’m on a bike…
I can zone out completely!

How do you feel about lycra?
Is there anything else? Ok now hitting the supermarket whilst riding and not getting embarrassed… mind you I’m old and don’t really care.

"Storm"

Julia Dale

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
I enjoy cycling and it’s a good way to keep fit. Plus the coffee chats are always good.

How many M2M’s have you completed?
1 so far (2021).

What do you enjoy most about the event?
Riding with other cyclists as a team.

How many bikes do you own?
2 bikes.

When I’m on a bike…
I enjoy the views plus I try to keep pedaling

How do you feel about lycra?
Comfy!

"Wolverine"

Ash Goodwin

Who are you and what do you love about cycling?
Have been on and off the bikes for years, currently on and riding more and more. Social, fitness and coffee all a priority!

How many M2M’s have you completed?
1 thus far (2021).

What do you enjoy most about the event?
A mate raved about the M2M a number of times and raves about the ride. I like a challenge and am looking forward to doing it again.

How many bikes do you own?
A roadie which has had some issues of late and a mountain bike.

When I’m on a bike…
Its red so it should go faster right? Watch out for traffic, obstacles, pedestrians and Magpies.

How do you feel about lycra?
I suspect some savvy marketer saw that cyclists wear helmets with holes, gloves with no fingers, shoes that don’t bend and thought I’ve got a customer here!

Advocacy in action

Uniting Vic.Tas today welcomed a $490,000 funding boost from the Victorian Government which will provide more meals and support for vulnerable people in Prahran and surrounding areas.

"During the pandemic, the demand for our emergency relief services at Prahran increased by around 80 per cent,"

Murray to Moyne charity bike ride

After cycling for 19 hours across two days, covering 1494.5kms, and consuming over 20 litres of water, Team Life Cycle have ridden the Murray to Moyne (M2M) relay event. All while raising $4,295 for Uniting’s mental health services.

Despite losing two team members to Covid-19 isolation, we did it! What an event!

Murray to Moyne charity bike ride

Nine very passionate cyclists who thrive on the challenge of pushing their bodies to the very limit will ride the Murray to Moyne (M2M) Cycle relay in April.

“We are welcoming sponsorships, donations, whatever you can muster for this amazing group of cyclists training with such commitment for a gruelling event raising funds for a very worthy cause”

Headspace is leading a new virtual reality program to improve the mental health of young people.

We’ve had some great results with young people who’ve used the tool so far. Most have found it very valuable.

You can make a difference.

Your compassion has the power to make real change in your community. 

You can decide where your money goes. 

There’s lots of ways you can get involved.