Three generations take on 50km ride

Brent Hateley, his father Ron, and Brent’s three children, back, Kane, 7, front, Ethan, 9, and Lucy, 10, completed 50 kilometres of the Around The Bay In A Day bike ride in Melbourne last weekend.

Brent Hateley, his father Ron, and Brent’s three children, back, Kane, 7, front, Ethan, 9, and Lucy, 10, completed 50 kilometres of the Around The Bay In A Day bike ride in Melbourne last weekend.

A COLAC father has spoken of his joy at having three generations and five members of his family complete a 50-kilometre bike ride.

Brent Hateley, 45, his children Kane, 7, Ethan, 9, and Lucy, 10, and his father, Ron, 69, rode in the Around The Bay In A Day bike ride in Melbourne last weekend.

The 50-kilometre section of the ride required the family to ride from Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens to Altona and take a return trip over the West Gate Bridge.

Mr Hateley said Kane might be the youngest participant to complete the 50-kilometre ride in the event’s history.

“It was fantastic to be able to do it as a family,” he said.

“The kids struggled a little bit with the climb on the West Gate but other than that they enjoyed it.”

Mr Hateley said it was his father’s wish to do a long-distance bike ride with his grandchildren while he was still able to.

“My dad is recognising that his bike riding days are coming to an end to be able to compete at that sort of distance, and he wanted to do it one time before he had to put the bikes away,” he said.

“The kids realised it was pretty important to Pa to do that so they were keen to jump on board and be a part of it.”

The family prepared for Around The Bay In A Day with regular bike rides to Cororooke, around Colac and district and on Geelong bike paths.

Mr Hateley said his children were keen to attempt more bike rides around Victoria.

“They’ve said to me now they want to start going around the state and doing some of the charity rides as a family next year.”

“I just think it’s great I’ve been able to instil a healthy lifestyle into the kids, especially nowdays when we’ve got so many problems with obesity and square-eyed kids playing their computer games.”

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