Around Australia Ride for cancer research

Lap Australia for cancer research Around Australia Ride

Riders who want to tick off a lap of Australia on their bucket list while raising funds for cancer research are invited to participate in the third Around Australia Ride.

The first ARR was held in 2010, the second in 2013 and the third begins on May 11, 2018, in Sydney, returning on June 12.

Lap Australia for cancer research Around Australia Ride
Riders on the 2010 ARR

At the moment, organisers are only calling for expressions of interest for about 30-34 riders/pillions as the exact logistics and costs have not yet been finalised.

As a gauge, it cost $6500 for a rider in 2013 and $8500 for a couple which covered 33 nights’ accommodation, 26 breakfasts and 26 dinners.

Participants will also have to raise $5000 and pillions $2500 for cancer research before the ride starts. There will be few opportunities for fundraising along the way.

Funds go to the Steven Walter Foundation to support research into a cure for childhood cancer.

The Foundation was established by motorbike enthusiast Steven Walter “so that one day no other kid will have to go through what I’ve been through”.

Lap Australia for cancer research Around Australia Ride
Steve Walter

Steven died in 2000, aged 19, after an eight-year fight against cancer.

The ARR will cover about 15,000km with the longest day being 830km from Broome to Karratha and the shortest 280km from Perth to Margaret River. The maximum distance between fuel stops is 220km.Lap Australia for cancer research Around Australia Ride

A support crew will follow with three vehicles, including a bike trailer, and space to carry some extra gear for each person.

The ARR support crew are volunteers who also cover their own costs the same as riders.Lap Australia for cancer research Around Australia Ride

The ride will be led by rider trainer Paul Riley of Skill Master Motorcycling Services.

To register your interest, email admin@stevenwalterfoundation.org.au or call (02) 9542 5885.

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