A strong finish: riders brave the rain to do something big about cancer

It was a wet end to the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer, but there were smiles all round as 1311 riders arrived at McCallum Park after an epic 200km journey. 

Cameron Long

2014 Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer 
participant, Cameron Long

The third annual Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer raised $5.2 million for cancer research projects at the Perkins, making it Australia's largest charity cycling event.

Riders held hands and fist pumped as they crossed the finish line to cheers and applause from the crowds that had turned out to welcome them home.

Some who had arrived earlier and had refuelled with coffee and hotdogs, joined the cheering squads at the finish line to welcome in fellow riders.

Cameron Long, who rode with his dad in the team Coffee Crew said he was happy with the way his first Ride had gone.

“I’m tired but it’s a ride well done – it’s very satisfying to complete,” Cameron said.

“It’s my first time doing the Ride, one of my friends did it last year and that motivated me to do it and it was easy to make the decision – I thought I’ll train, I’ll do it and I’m glad I did, it feels good.”

The 2015 Ride will be held on the 17th and 18th of October, with Mining and Civil Australia (MACA) taking over as title sponsor for the event.

Participants can sign up for the 2015 ride today at www.conquercancer.org.au

Check out photos from the event on the Perkins Facebook page.

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