Scott Eldridge knows nine people who have had cancer, and it's something he'd never want to see his son go through. So he decided to do something about it.
In May Mr Eldridge will ride from Sydney to Geelong as part of the Tour de Cure.
It's sure to be a challenge. The riders will pedal 1400 kilometres and cycle up 14,000 metres in elevation – more than the height of Everest – over 11 days.
The fleet of cyclists will head down the coast from Sydney to Kiama, then wind through the high country between Canverra, Jindabyne and Beechworth.
The longest stretch will be between Shepparton and and Daylesford on Day 10, a stretch of 198 kilometres.
Mr Eldridge is now three months in to the six month training program. He's never ridden quite this far before, but as a keen cyclist he's looking forward to the challenge.
His preparation mainly involves racking up the kilometres, including a cool 250 in Melbourne over the weekend.
It's the ride's hard slog of back to back days, averaging 140 kilometres each, which Mr Eldridge expects to be the biggest challenge.
Despite the heavy climbing involved, Mr Eldridge is expecting to enjoy himself. He loves riding, and knows he'll be doing it for a good cause.
"I’ve been riding for five years, and I just wanted to challenge myself on the bike, to do something out of the ordinary," Mr Eldridge said.
"With my family history, I don’t want to see anyone go through [cancer]."
To raise the $12,000 funds required for the ride, Mr Eldridge is hoping the Bendigo community will chip in.
He's made it nearly halfway to his goal, with a total of $5848 raised to date.
To donate visit tourdecure.com.au
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