Intrepid Kangaroo Island cyclists join the Great Cycle Challenge

CYCLE MANIACS: The 2018 IF&M Cyclomaniacs outside Fine Art Kangaroo Island. Pictured are Kass Brown, kathy Woolard, Fred Peters, Imogen Hurst, Josie Turner, Hunter Hurst, Sheree Geci and Fleur Peters.
CYCLE MANIACS: The 2018 IF&M Cyclomaniacs outside Fine Art Kangaroo Island. Pictured are Kass Brown, kathy Woolard, Fred Peters, Imogen Hurst, Josie Turner, Hunter Hurst, Sheree Geci and Fleur Peters.

During the month of October, you may have notice a few more cyclists on the roads around Kangaroo Island.

That's because a determined group of cyclists have put their hand up to raise much needed funds for childhood cancer research.

They have joined the Great Cycle Challenge, an online challenge where you nominate how many kilometres you wish to ride during the month of October and seek sponsorship to raise money for the Childhood cancer Research Fund.

It doesn't matter if you ride 50 km's or 500 km's. In just six years the Great cycle challenge has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in Australia, enjoyed by more than 55,000 amateur and professionals, from every state and territory who have ridden a combined 13,341,418km to raise more than $16.3m.

The team is put together by Island Fitness & Massage owner Sheree Geci.

This is the sixth year that Sheree has participated in the challenge and thought it was a great opportunity to encourage some of her members and friends to challenge themselves by signing up.

"This year we set ourselves a target to ride 2000 km's and raise $10,000," she said.

"This is the third year we have entered a team and all up over the past six years we have raised just under $25,000.

"The response has been amazing and I am so proud of the team. So far this year we have already raised over $2500 with the tally rising every day.

On Saturday, October 19, the riders will be holding at 12-hour indoor spin cycle relay at Island Fitness & Massage, 20 Osmond Street, Kingscote.

Riders will take it in turns to ride the spin bikes continuously for the whole 12 hours. We thought we would do something completely different this year.

There will also be a sausage sizzle and trading table on the day with all money raised going to the Children's Medical Research Institute.

I am so proud of the generous community that we live in and the people that continue to give selflessly to help those less fortunate.

I would also like to thank the fabulous businesses that agreed to help us raise money by placing a donation container on their counter.

David & Chi Mitchell from Restaurant Bella, Dario from Amadios Wine Bar, Tina & Eddy from Kangaroo Island Fresh seafood.

A big thank you to everyone that has donated either online, in person or by placing a donation in the container at one of these businesses.

To donate; you can either go to the website via the link https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Teams/IFMCyclomaniacs or in person with any of the team members.

Cancer is such a cruel disease, the more research that can be done the closer we will get to finding a cure.

I will close with the motto of the Great Cycle Challenge that says it all really 'Because kids should be living life not fighting for it'. - Sheree Geci

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