Nick Verhoeven

Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research

Raising funds for: Ride for Research 2024
44.00% Raised
$2,200.00 donated of $5,000.00 goal
34 Donors

Nick Verhoeven

Hi, I’m Nick Verhoeven from Townsville in Sunny North Queensland.

I’m married to Ronnie and we have 3 kids, twins Shannon & Jordan (28) and Alyssa (19). Claire is my cousin.

I have the best job in the world because I am a Professional Mountain Biker. Well actually, I run a Mountain Bike Academy with over 80 students at a local School, Coach a few kids in the area and work for an Outdoor Education Company as a Mountain Bike guide, so since my income is Mountain Bike related, I’m happy to run with Professional Mountain Biker.

I’ve always been active and in a previous life was a Track & Field sprinter who competed internationally in addition to attending College in the USA. Several injuries slowed that hobby and bike riding has been my passion and love for the past 20 or so years. Generally, I ride a Mountain Bike or a Gravel bike but am pretty keen to simply get out and ride regardless of the road conditions.

Since I also love the outdoors, I thought why not do a ride in the Victorian High Country to raise money for an amazing cause. That way I get to combine a few of the things I really enjoy and hopefully make a difference to find a cure for Ovarian Cancer. My family has been affected by Cancer in a number of ways so we know firsthand the effect it has on extended family and friends and anything we can do to help in this regard can only be beneficial.

I’ve been lucky enough to ride in different parts of the world and helped organise the Mates on Mountain Bike ride from Townsville to Cairns (The Hard Way). This cause operated for a number of years and raised over $100,000 for the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

That said, the ride in 2024 sounds pretty tough so I will be training as often as possible in different areas and conditions to try and prepare my body and mind for this challenge.

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  1. Great cause Nick and a great location to do it. Hope you’re having a lots of type 2 fun.

  2. Gday Nick. I tried sending this through a few weeks ago, but it fell through the system. You will well and truly be in the middle of your ride now. I rode these mountains back in 2007 at a boot camp. My spirit is with you all especially as the Verhoeven cousins are involved. Ride boy ride. Thanks for participating. Cousin Caroline (living in NZ)

  3. So lovely to see you out living your best life on your bike for a great cause… Even if it does involve a lot of hills.

  4. Great cause Nick and well done. Using gears or hanging tough on single speed for this one 💪 ? Cheers Martin

  5. For my cousin Claire forever in hope of positive treatment outcomes. I rode Bright region at a boot camp in 2007. Ride cousin Nick Ride. My cycling spirit is with all of you. Enjoy and wishing a successful event. Cousin Caroline

  6. Well done Nick. This is a great cause, and should be a great couple of days too.

  7. Good luck Nick – I know you’ll smash those hills and I hope Ovarian cancer can be overcome too.

  8. My mother unfortunately suffered from Ovarian cancer. But, unlike the form that Claire has, Mum’s cancer was treatable. That was over 25 years ago and Mum continues to thrive now well into her 80’s. Imagine a world where all forms of ovarian cancer can be treated. Here’s to hope with the research.

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