Together with my three teammates, Allan, Steven and Adrian, I’ll be covering a distance of 1,200km over six days – starting out at Sydney Harbour and finishing at Melbourne’s Federation Square. Along the way, I’m hoping to raise more than $25,000 for the Foundation and the important research it supports.
The motivation behind this ride is my courageous sister-in-law Angie Siperki. She conquered Stage 3 breast cancer in 2011 and is now working to overcome a more recent diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer.
Angie, to me, is very much like a second sister. She has two children, Ashton (9) and Allegra (2), and is married to my brother Julian. Although I have only known her five years, it is impossible not to truly admire her resilience and optimism in overcoming adversity. Life has dealt Angie some cruel twists, but she has navigated each of them with strength and determination. You can read her story here...
The statistics surrounding breast cancer are confronting. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Australia – with one in eight diagnosed with it in their lifetime. When the National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1994, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer lost their battle. In less than 20 years – through research – that percentage has halved.
As something of a cycling devotee, I thought that challenging myself to ride the sort of distance most people avoid driving would be a good way to raise more money than I could ever contribute on my own. Our route has been planned to include a variety of terrain – and a specialist bike shop or two – and we will track our progress on this site with photos and commentary over the six days.
The challenges our team will face during our journey are a poor comparison to the challenges faced by the many women fighting breast cancer every day. Nonetheless, it is my hope that we can inspire our friends, colleagues, fellow cycling enthusiasts, visitors to this site, and some of the people we will no doubt meet along our way, to also support this very worthy cause.
Please have a look around the site to learn more about what we’re doing, but most importantly, please consider hitting the button to your right!