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World champion cyclist to ride for a cure

Publish Date: 9/2/2017

World champion cyclist Amy Cure has a personal reason to join Ride as One in 2017.

Her coach and Olympic silver medallist Matthew Gilmore has a son Zack, 17, currently fighting his own battle with non Hodgkin Lymphoma.

"You see the hard days Zack and the family is going through … and it really puts life into perspective,” Amy said as she toured the Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village in Adelaide recently.

“The diagnosis came as a bit of a shock for everyone.”

The two times World Champion, four time Junior World Champion, Team Pursuit World Record Holder, two kilometre Individual Pursuit Junior World Record Holder, two time Olympian and Commonwealth Games Medallist will join more than 40 riders in the Leukaemia Foundation’s Ride As One this April/May.

The incredible seven day, 1070 kilometre charity cycling event will leave St Kilda, Victoria, on April 29 and ride through Lorne, Warrnambool, Mount Gambier, Robe, Meningie and finish at the village on May 5.

The ride specifically raises money for the foundation’s regional patient support services – support that was clearly in motion during Amy’s visit to the village, which is home to regional blood cancer patients forced to relocate to Adelaide for life saving treatment.

Since opening in December 2013 the village has provided more than 12,000 free nights of accommodation to patients and their families, totally free of charge.

It will be Amy’s first long road ride and will follow her efforts at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong from April 12-16.

“I think I’ll find Ride As One just as tough as everyone else,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it and getting to know the people and being able to do it for a close cause.”

Ride as One is in its second year in 2017 and has already raised $100,000 for the foundation. 

Find out more at www.rideasone.org.au or call Kane Stoddard on 0466 431 391.

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