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Pedal power prevails in ride from Gladstone to Sydney

Cyclist Ryan Pickels has ridden from Gladstone to Sydney to raise money for the Cancer Council of Queensland.
Cyclist Ryan Pickels has ridden from Gladstone to Sydney to raise money for the Cancer Council of Queensland. Jayden Brown

HAVING minimal cycling experience did not hinder Ryan Pickels from riding from Gladstone to Sydney.

The 22-year-old endeavoured to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Council following the death of a family friend from breast cancer.

"Everyone is willing to get on board and support me with this, because I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer," Mr Pickels said.

He spent about three months organising and planning the 1500km trip.

The big ride began on January 2 and finished on Thursday, and Mr Pickels said the first three days were the most difficult.

"It was about 45 degrees so it was pretty hard going, but the temperature dropped a bit and it wasn't as bad."

As of early last week he had raised $8000, smashing his goal by $3000 by the use of word of mouth and social media.

Mr Pickels said his favourite place along the way was Newcastle, but his charitable initiative prompted praise throughout the whole trip.

"I saw the ocean for the first time in two weeks so it was good," he said.

"If I drop in somewhere and tell people what I'm doing they might give me discounts or free breakfast and they will donate too."

To support Ryan's ride visit http://www.cancerqld.org.au or phone Ryan on 0432 605 467.

Topics:  cancer, cancer council queensland, charity, cycling, fundraising



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