Cyclists tackled 35-degree temperatures and strong headwinds to complete the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) bike ride, raising money for children’s foundations.
The group of 17 raised over $45,000 riding 850 kilometres. They completed the journey when they arrived into Adelaide on Thursday.
Supported by global nutrition company Herbalife, the cyclists overcame a range of personal challenges in order to complete the 40-hour ride from Torquay to Adelaide, from winning personal weight-loss battles to recovering from a major spinal injury.
The riders covered 850 kilometres of exposed terrain in the extreme summer heat, making three pit stops in Victoria – Mortlake, Casterton and Strathalbyn – and two in South Australia – Kingston and Meningie – before crossing the finish line with relief in Adelaide on 8 January.
The event organiser Kevin Beale believed the ride’s many successes far outweighed these difficulties.
“This was challenging for many of the riders who have been cycling for less than one year. Everyone gave it their absolute best and their efforts will help change the lives of children in tough circumstances, such as homelessness.”
Kevin Beale, Herbalife Family Foundation Bike Ride organiser
Kevin initiated the inaugural ride in 2013, following a strong passion for helping others and a newly discovered love for cycling.
Together with his small team of five in 2013 he raised $30,000 for the HFF’s Casa Herbalife Programs, which helped fund The Infants Home in Sydney and Melbourne’s Lighthouse Foundation.
This year, Kevin was thrilled to see 17 cyclists and 13 support members participate in the ride.
Herbalife provided all participants with registration packs and products to keep them fuelled throughout the ride. This included products from the Herbalife24 performance nutrition line, which was launched in Australia over the weekend.
Donations will be accepted for the ride until 31 January 2015.
They can be made at https://giving.cafaustralia.org.au/hff. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.
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