Riding to break the poverty cycle

ONE-hundred amateur bike riders will traverse the Great Ocean Road this February to raise money for children living in poverty. 

Participants will ride from Geelong to Warrnambool over three days in support of charities including the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Botswana Orphan Project.

The Great Ocean Road Cycle Challenge is run by 25000 Spins, a non-profit organisation that has raised $700,000 for charity since its inception in 2009.

The ride will take place from February 9 to 11, with participants required to raise a minimum of $1250 to qualify for the 300km course. 

Novices to advanced riders can take part, with the race structured into four different speed groups. 

In 2009, Craig Shipton, 25000 Spins’ founder, planned to ride from London to Athens when he became aware of UNICEF figures indicating that 25,000 children under the age of five died each day from poverty-related causes. 

Mr Shipton hoped to raise $25,000 for charity but ended up raising $71,000.

Today, 25000 Spins holds fund-raising rides around the world in cities including Queenstown, London and Geneva.

There are still spaces available for this year’s Great Ocean Road Cycle Challenge. To find out more visit www.25000spins.com

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