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.
Known as Team Life Cycle, the riders are raising vital funds for Uniting’s mental health services.
The Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay began 35 years ago. It was the inspiration of Graham ‘Woody’ Woodrup.
Graham dreamt of spreading the news that riding a bike not only has fabulous health and social benefits, but it can also be done to help others.
The Murray to Moyne is a team endurance event and an established classic on the cycling calendar.
Riders cycle in relays non-stop over two days and one night. They choose different routes starting from towns on the banks of the river Murray across stunning countryside in western Victoria to finish at Port Fairy.
They are encouraged to raise money for hospitals, health services and health-related charities close to their hearts.
Team Captain Chris ‘Morf’ Morfoot says the team is training hard and building fitness levels to get ready for the challenge of the M2M.
This year the event runs on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April. The team will travel to Echuca on the Friday and camp by the Murray overnight while they prepare for the big days ahead.
“Our team is broken up into 3 groups of 3 and each group has to ride 6 x 1-hour legs in relay fashion, commencing 9am Saturday” says Chris.
“We have 3 support crew and 2 vehicles carrying bikes, resting riders and all the necessities to keep our teams on the road pedalling, fed, watered and safe”
Team Life Cycle will ride through until around 1am Sunday morning.
After a compulsory albeit very short sleep in Hamilton, they will then get back in the saddle for the last 90 kilometres to the finish line in Port Fairy as one team.
Time then for a well-earned rest/meal/shower and most likely sleep.
“Each of our riders will do at least 240kms within the 24hours with some completing more depending on how well the rest of the team fare,” said Chris.
“Sound hard? It certainly is!!
Sound challenging? It certainly is!!
Would you like to support us? Please do!!
“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” says Chris.
“We are delighted to partner with Uniting Vic.Tas for the first of what we hope will be many fundraising cycling events.
“So please, get on board, support the team and soak up all the lead-up info and live communications throughout the whole two days.”