Port Lincoln duo thankful for Ride for Sick Kids

The two Port Lincoln men involved in this year’s Ride for Sick Kids have completed the ride, despite some tough weather conditions.

The men contributed nearly a third of the more than $300,000 raised by the initiative.

Trent Adams and Mark Forbes were among the 34 cyclists who took part in this year’s ride, which began in Port Lincoln on November 18.

The riders finished the ride at West Adelaide Football Club on November 24, where Ronald McDonald House Charities held its annual Christmas Family Fun Day.

Mr Adams said the final day was emotional one, having completed the full ride, and because it was the last day with those they rode with.

“Both Mark and I had a fair contingent of family there, so it was fairly emotional,” he said.

The two riders were also thankful for the generosity of those who gave to their fundraising cause, which as of this week had reached more than $90,413.

Mr Forbes said this was made possible thanks to the support from the Port Lincoln and wider Eyre Peninsula community.

“We still can’t fathom how much people have supported us,” he said.

“It’s been a team effort from everyone.”

The pair faced challenges from the weather along the way, including hot northerly winds on day two, strong head winds on day three and rain on day six between Blyth and Balaklava which they described as the “coldest day of the ride”.

Mr Adams said they also had their eyes on the longest stage, day five from Edithburg to Clare, which in particular provided a great sense of achievement.

Ronald McDonald House Charities announced the ride managed to raise more than $300,000, which will support Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide.

Since the ride began in 2012, more than 7000 kilometres have been travelled and more than $1.5 million has been raised for the charity.

While too early to commit yet, the two men said they would consider taking part in next year’s ride. “The camaraderie of it, meeting new people is an addictive thing so I can see why people go back,” Mr Adams said.