Leanne Cameron – with her training buddy Millie – is preparing to tackle a 200km bike ride to raise money for cancer research.
Leanne Cameron – with her training buddy Millie – is preparing to tackle a 200km bike ride to raise money for cancer research. Shannon Newley

Hard yards for good cause

CYCLING 200km might seem like a battle, but Warwick woman Leanne Cameron thinks it pales in comparison to what cancer sufferers go through.

She was so inspired by the one in two people diagnosed with the disease, Ms Cameron said she would take on the huge challenge of the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer this year.

"I am not an athlete, I am not a road rider and I am not fast, I am just an ordinary person who loves riding," she said.

Ms Cameron said she needed to raise $2500 to qualify as a starter in the 200km ride and was on her way, with donations already hitting the $1125 mark.

She said the ride would take cyclists on a journey through the Queensland countryside on August 18 and 19, with 11 hours to finish each day.

"We ride for 100km on the first day then set up camp and get up and do the 100km back," Ms Cameron said.

She said she hoped to finish each day in about seven hours and was already in training to try to reach that goal.

"I am riding 27km every second day," Ms Cameron said.

She said she hoped the ride would become and annual event for not only her but the Warwick community.

"I would love to get a team together for it," she said.

On getting through the arduous task, Ms Cameron said it would be seeing cancer survivors - who fly a yellow flag from their bikes - taking part that would inspire her to keep going.

Head to www.br12.conquercancer.org.au to print a donation form or to donate online, or alternatively call Leanne on 0438 852 188 and she will deliver a donation form to you in person.


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