After cycling across South Australia in the past six years, Cycle 4 Sam will hold its first event on Eyre Peninsula in April.
Cycle 4 Sam is an annual fundraiser where cyclist travel down a designated route to raise money for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.
Mr Roberts said after visiting Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula in June and July last year it was decided the region would be a great location for the next ride.
“What struck us when we were there last year was there was some untapped cycling potential on Eyre Peninsula,” he said.
“The people we spoke to were friendly and welcoming, and that makes a ride too, the people you meet on the way.”
The event was set up in memory of Sam Roberts, who died in 2005 from a rare neurological disease, Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, aged four.
Sam’s father Martin Roberts said the family wished to give back to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital as thanks for the care provided for Sam.
The six previous Cycle 4 Sam events have raised more than $650,000 for the Paediatric Palliative Care Service at the hospital.
Mr Roberts said this year the goal was to raise $60,000 to go towards the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation beach house project at Encounter Bay.
The ride will begin in Port Lincoln on April 18 with a circuit that takes riders to Winters Hill, Cummins and Tumby Bay.
Subsequent days will involve cyclists riding the towns including Coffin Bay, Elliston and Cleve as well as visits to Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks.
Mr Roberts said the plan for the arrival back into Port Lincoln was for police to guide the cyclists to the finish in front of the jetty, where there would be a presentation of a cheque to a representative from the hospital.
A pelaton of 14 riders will take part in the event and will be supported by a team including family members, cooks and masseuses.
He said hoping to get some Eyre Peninsula business to come on board as jersey sponsors by the cutoff date of January 30, although some support had already been received, including from Adventure Bay Charters.
“It would be great to get some more Eyre Peninsula support,” he said.
People can donate by clicking on the donate link on the Cycle 4 Sam website and can visit the Cycle 4 Sam Facebook page.
Cycle 4 Sam schedule
Day one (April 18): Port Lincoln – Winters Hill Lookout – Cummins – Tumby Bay – Port Lincoln, 158 kilometres.
Day two (April 19): Port Lincoln – Lincoln National Park – Sleaford Bay – Coffin Bay – Almonta Beach – Coffin Bay, 145 kilometres.
Day three (April 20): Coffin Bay – Elliston, 146 kilometres.
Day four (April 21): Elliston - Cleve, 165 kilometres.
Day five (April 22): Cleve - Tumby Bay, 155 kilometres.
Day six (April 23): Tumby Bay - Cummins - Port Lincoln, 133 kilometres.