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Pedaling for 24 hours, the ultimate challenge

Pictured at the Sebastopol Velodrome is Paul Crack who will be cycling to support the Ballarat Cycle Classic.

THE power of the pedal will be pushed to the limit, when Mr. Paul Crack takes on the Ride 4 Research 24 hour challenge on the 19th February, to support the Ballarat Cycle Classic. Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute and the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycle Club teamed up to run the 24hr Track endurance event which is open to teams and individuals. Teams can ride in shifts throughout the night, but the challenge of the individuals is to overcome the pain to continue the power of the pedal throughout the 24 event.

Paul Crack has a lot of motivation “I am going to attempt to ride for 24 hours on the local velodrome to raise money for cancer research. This may seem like a crazy idea, and it probably is, but in the last 5-6 years cancer has taken two of my uncles and an auntie plus my mum has been diagnosed with breast cancer and my grandfather with prostate cancer. I figure if I can endure 1 day of suffering that may help to raise money for research in to helping fight this disease, then I will do it. “ Over the 24 hours here are some facts and figures about Paul’s Challenge: Paul will be on a track bike, so fixed gear, fixed wheel (no changing gears, no coasting, no brakes); Paul will aim to travel 600km over the 24 hour period.

So that’s;2,400 laps of the velodrome; 25km/h average speed; Approx. 14,000 to 15,000 calories (Average adult male daily calories 2000); 15 to 20 litres of water/powerade. Paul is encouraging everyone to support this worthy cause by sponsoring Paul on his Go Fund Me page: www.gofundme.com/24hour4research or by sponsoring anyone participating in the Ballarat Cycle Classic. If you would like to take up the challenge in any of the Ballarat Cycle Classic events, head to www.ballaratcycleclassic.com.au and 100% of your registration supports the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research projects.