Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research
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.