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Cycling across Borders: media release

15 March 2012 Posted by Human Powered Cycles No Comments

We’ve currently got the Cycling across Borders bike fleet in the workshop for overhaul before the next trip. Here’s a media release they put out about their recent Mount Gambier to Melbourne fundraising ride. Full details on their web site www.cyclingacrossborders.wordpress.com



Cyclists who joined the annual 450km, community-fundraising bicycle ride from Mount Gambier to Melbourne over the long-weekend in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières could not have had better conditions. “The weather and winds, pleasant company and accommodating traffic made the sore legs and derrieres more tolerable at least!” commented ride-organiser Michael Greenham from Dartmoor.

“Two riders had the time to do the full distance with me, but a record 8 other cyclists from Naracoorte, Casterton, Dartmoor and Melbourne joined in on various legs.”

“There were a few minor incidents, expected and unexpected: a cartwheel-with-bike into the grass near Yambuk that would have got maximum points in a gymnastics competition, a grumpy cafe-owner [maybe we caught him on a bad day!], and a couple of punctures when we hit the city at Footscray. But apart from that, the cycling and hospitality en route was sensational”.

The ride went through Heywood, Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Terang, Camperdown, Cressy, Inverleigh, Geelong, and Werribee before ending at the Melbourne Town Hall. It is expected the event will be held again next year and individual cyclists and community groups are invited to get involved in the ride, with the aim of raising the profile of the event and funds raised.

“There is recent interest in Joseph Kony and the social media campaign to get young people especially involved in world affairs, which is great. I hope this focus is carried over into other ongoing worthwhile causes, like the humanitarian medical-aid work of MSF” said Mr Greenham. “People can find out more information on our blogsite www.cyclingacrossborders.wordpress.com, or contribute to our donation total via www.everydayhero.com.au/cyclingacrossborders or phoning MSF Australia toll-free1300 136 061 and quoting event-number 289.

The next MSF charitable challenge for the Greenham family is a 2200km awareness-raising bicycle ride from Ankara, Turkey to Athens, Greece passing through Gallipoli at Anzac Day.