The Crack Cycling team, powered by heartfelt experiences, have become one of the most successful teams in the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Crack Cycling is gearing up for their sixth year in the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer, and their second year as the leading community team.
Team captain Tim Nielsen said he was proud of the impact the team has made, having raised more than $321,000 since 2012 for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
“There were two of us in 2012, me and my brother-in-law, and we raised $9,932. I was hooked from then on.”
This year the team has grown to 25 members, and Tim is hoping to personally raise at least $15,000. He’s well on his way, having raised more than $10,000 so far.
Tim said he was inspired to join the Ride after seeing so many of the people he loved touched by cancer.
“I’m riding for my wife who is doing well after recently completing treatment for breast cancer,” Tim said. “Every rider has their own personal reason for participating, we all know people who have been diagnosed with cancer and my list includes my father, my mother-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, team mates and work colleagues. Far too many people suffer from this truly horrible disease.”
In 2016 the team joined forces with Sue Hurt and her team Living Well with CML, another highly productive community fundraising group.
“Living Well with CML has raised over $120,000 in support of cancer research at the Perkins, and combined we hope to have a really successful 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer.”
“Being in a growing team has helped me meet a lot of fantastic people. One of our riders, Zoe, is from Katherine in the Northern Territory and will be flying in shortly before the ride.”
For anyone thinking about joining the Ride, Tim assured the fence sitters that his team is made up of individuals with a range of riding abilities and anyone can do it.
“It’s not a race, while we enjoy riding, our main reason for coming together is to raise money to benefit the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and support the important work they do, because we all know too many people that have been affected by cancer.”