Peddling the cancer message
SINCLAIR Black may have ridden a massive 1400 kilometres in just 10 days but you can’t wipe the smile from his face.
The Coffs Harbour local yesterday completed the mammoth effort as a participant in the annual Tour de Cure which raises much-needed funds for cancer research.
Beginning in Sydney on May 7, Mr Black joined 70 other riders in a huge ride north through the Hunter Valley, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Grafton, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane before finishing with a massive fanfare at Mooloolaba yesterday.
Mr Black said riding into Mooloolaba under full police escort was an incredible experience.
“People were waving, horns were honking and we all felt pretty special and started to reflect on how far we had ridden and what we had just achieved,” Mr Black said.
“The atmosphere was certainly building as the finish line was fast approaching. When he rolled into Mooloolaba about 2.30pm, the streets were lined with red balloons and families cheered the riders home.
“There were big smiles, cheers and tears as we un-clicked our cleats from our pedals for the last time and were greeted by our very excited and emotional families and friends, including my beautiful wife and three kids, and my mum and step dad Greg. It was a very special and memorable moment.”
To mark 10 days and nothing short of an amazing achievement on two wheels, Mr Black celebrated with a finale dinner at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club.
It was there one of the Tour de Cure’s founders made a very special announcement that a three-year partnership had just been signed with Livestrong, the organisation founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, to inspire and empower people affected by cancer.
“I personally raised almost $14,000 and the tour total is currently at $1,606,148 with more expected over the next few weeks,” Mr Black said.
“This is an amazing achievement for just 71 riders and has smashed our initial $1 million expectations. I have thoroughly enjoyed every kilometre of the 1400-kilometre ride from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast and have met some very inspirational people. Thank you for reading my blogs and for your support, encouragement and generosity. Remember, 70 per cent of all cancers are preventable so get regular check-ups, stay healthy and just enjoy life every day.”