Ryan’s ride from Gladstone to Sydney will help beat cancer
CYCLING almost 1500km from Gladstone to Sydney is more than just a trip for charity for Ryan Pickels, who passed through the Rose City yesterday.
The 22-year-old from Gladstone spent three months planning the trip, which he decided to arrange after a close family friend lost her battle with cancer.
"Every family has been touched by cancer in one way or another," he said.
Mr Pickels said he didn't really do any training to prepare for the journey, which is estimated to take two weeks.
"I'm no cyclist by any means - I've only owned the bike for a month or two."
Despite not having any cycling experience, Mr Pickels said he arranged the trip himself.
"The Cancer Council of Queensland gave me some help," he said.
"I started planning in October last year."
Me Pickels said he set out with a goal to raise $5000 for breast cancer research.
"I've exceeded the $5000 already," he said.
"It'd be good to raise around $10,000."
"The more money I can raise the better."
Mr Pickels cycled into Warwick yesterday just after 1pm, after setting off from Toowoomba at 6am.
"I left Gladstone at 5.30am on Thursday," he said.
"I travel around eight or nine hours a day."
Despite the weather, Mr Pickels said the trip hadn't been too bad.
"It's been quite warm - Friday and Saturday were hot," he said.
"I passed through some rain on Monday, too."
Mr Pickels will pass through Stanthorpe today, as he aims to reach his destination in Sydney by next Thursday.
He is carrying a donation bag with him and is always keen to have a chat with locals as he passes through.
"People are normally good and eager," he said.
"I've found people to be very giving and friendly."
To donate to the Cancer Council Queensland or to support Ryan's ride for charity visit cancerqld.org.au or phone Ryan on 0432605467.