Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research
I met Pete at the University of Queensland in the late eighties while studying Human Movement Studies. As he’s probably going to read my profile, I’m going to say that he was my favourite lecturer and a very patient and motivational post grad supervisor!
Unfortunately, I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Claire. But I was saddened hear about her cancer diagnosis knowing the toll it must have on her, her friends and family especially Pete, Rebecca and Megan.
I’ve been unable to physically participate in the previous fundraising events as I’m located in Melbourne. So I was very excited to find out this year’s Ride 4 Research is in Bright. It is a cycling mecca, a beautiful region and is only a 4-hour drive from where I live!
My childhood was spent swimming up and down a pool in Brisbane which lead to a few years competing for both Bribie and Alexandra Headlands surf clubs in most water events and R&R. Upon starting my studies at UQ, it seemed like I was surrounded by triathletes (including Pete of course), so to fit in with the crowd I took up the sport. I was a pretty average triathlete, but I did complete two Ironman distance triathlons which I still consider high up on my life achievements list. It also gave me a love for cycling. I gave the swimming and cycling a break for a few years to take up running a bit more seriously but decided I missed cycling and have been riding ever since. I don’t race anymore (except for the occasional CX race) but enjoy the occasional sportive whether it be on road or gravel with gravel being my preference of late.
I live in Brunswick, Melbourne with my beautiful wife Jade and amazing twin daughters Ava and Poppy. I’m an Exercise Scientist by trade and am currently working for a corporate health company delivering occupational health and wellbeing services to organisations across Australia.
I’m riding for a number of important reasons 1. Rare cancers don’t get enough support! 2. To support Claire and Pete and their family 3. and for more selfish reasons, the Ride 4 Research sounds like such a great event to train for and to be part of.
If you’re reading this as a potential sponsor, I hope you can support this cause with whatever amount you can manage and why don’t you consider supporting a worthwhile cause (maybe even this one) with your time at some stage in the future.