TWO Colac men embarking of an 825-kilometre charity bike ride were dealt with challenges before they even hit the road.
Dedicated pair Ben Cardinal and Daniel Madden are taking part in this week’s Tour 4 Kids Plus charity event from Adelaide to Geelong to raise money for children with disabilities.
Cardinal was forced to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide on the eve of the event with his team of committed cyclists and support crew after two of their flights were cancelled due to the wild weather in both states on Sunday.
Madden was lucky to board a flight earlier that day and landed in Adelaide safely, despite the pilot having to abort a landing because of strong winds at the city of churches.
Both Cardinal and Madden hit the road on Monday, cycling through flood-affected areas in the Adelaide Hills to complete the first leg of the five-day event – a 114-kilometre trek.
Cardinal, who has cerebral palsy, is competing in his third event and he asked Madden to join him in this year’s ride.
Madden, who has completed a 3027-kilometre charity cycle from Adelaide to Darwin in the past, said he was eager to tackle the event with his good mate.
Money raised goes towards the Kids Plus Foundation and Cardinal and Madden had collected almost $4000 before the event thanks to support from Colac district businesses and clubs.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.