WITH the memory of his mum close by Adam Beaumont is riding from Adelaide to the MCG.
The 17-year-old, along with the support of family and friends, stopped in Warrnambool for lunch on Wednesday after battling strong headwinds on the road from Port Fairy.
Adam and his friends Matt Greer and Adam Brown left Adelaide on October 5 and plan to hit Melbourne by Saturday.
The trio are raising funds for the Pancare Foundation which is Australia’s not-for-profit pancreatic cancer organisation.
According to the Pancare Foundation, pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers and statistics for the diseases have not changed significantly in over 40 years.
“I lost my mum to it last December so we’re just raising money and awareness so no one else has to go through the same thing,” Adam said.
Although relatively new to cycling Adam said the first few days on the road had been enjoyable.
“The first three or four days were nice and sunny and not much wind,” he said.
“Today and yesterday have been pretty bad… we’ve had 40km/h winds.
“It was very slow with massive head winds.”
The cyclists and support crew planned to spend Wednesday night in Port Campbell and ride to Apollo Bay on Thursday.
Through his Go Fundraise page, Cycling for a Cause Shaz’s Ride to Cure, Adam has raised more than $28,000.
For more information or to donate visit https://cycle.gofundraise.com.au/page/AdamBeaumont