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Riders to tackle trek

Source: South Western Times – Written by: Zoe Keenan
Friday, 11 October 2019 8:33AM

More than 20 cyclists from Perth and the South West will hit the road on Sunday for a week-long ride to raise money for children’s cancer research.

The South West Bike Trek will see 24 riders start in Subiaco and journey through the South West in the hope of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

Along the way riders will stop off at Fairbridge, Preston, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River.

Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will be participating for their second and sixth year respectively, and will cover a gruelling 600km.

Neither have a tie to the cause and simply signed up for the challenge of the ride, but Mr Pritchard said it was not long until he found himself wanting to do more to raise money for the cause.

“I originally did the ride for the challenge but then got caught up in the fundraising of the ride and I’ve done other things here and there with the foundation now,” he said.

“The friendships and the way the group bonds is amazing… by the third day you’re one big family.”

On Tuesday riders will visit Shire of Harvey offices for an afternoon tea and have dinner at the Rotary Club of Harvey.

On Wednesday the riders will take students from Harvey Primary School for a spin before attending dinner at the South Bunbury Rotary Club.

Image: Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will participate in this year’s ride. Picture: Zoe Keenan