MORE than 20 RAAF members are taking part in an epic motorcycle trek across NSW, South Australia and Victoria to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer.
The Long Ride 2011 has become an annual event attracting huge support from the air force members.
The ride will begin in Nyngan, NSW and head to Adelaide through Broken Hill then along the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne.
They will then turn north to Canberra through Gippsland before finally heading east to Sydney.
Squadron Leader Andy Weekes said while he was only riding a small part of the day, some Amberley riders were doing the whole trek.
"Not all of us are going the whole way, but there are a fair few guys who are."
Sqn Ldr Weekes said the ride was designed to fundraise for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
"It's a charity ride to aid with cancer research, especially prostate cancer and other men's related cancers.
"I've been involved in the last three years' rides.
"I've never been able to do the entire ride, but everyone who is riding any distance is still making a donation."
Riders from across the country will participate taking different routes before converging in Sydney.
"There is a fairly heavy air force participation in the event," he said.
"But motorcyclists tend to notice prostate cancer which is why it is a bike ride.
"We all tend to make a short run if we can."
The riders began the Long Ride on Friday.
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