After the success of last year’s inaugural Robbie’s Ride, a group of 25 to 30 Benalla cyclists once again completed a three-day tour around North-East Victoria to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease.
The ride is in honour of Benalla resident Robbie Allen, a former Benalla footballer, keen cyclist and road safety advocate, who is in the early stages of the disease.
Robbie and his mates from the Benalla Cyclists, a social cycling group, departed Benalla on Saturday, October 28.
They rode a 400km loop taking in Violet Town, Dookie, Glenrowan, Wangaratta, Milawa, Whitfield, Tolmie and Moyhu before returning to Benalla.
The ride was organised by Benalla businessman and cyclist Robert Sherwill, a long-time friend of Robbie’s.
Last year’s ride was a great success and raised more than $5000 for Parkinson’s Victoria.
Robbie said they hoped the ride would again help raise awareness of the disease.
‘‘My mates were fantastic last year and the Benalla Community supported the ride,’’ Robbie said.
‘‘We all enjoyed the challenge of the ride and did our little bit to raise awareness about Parkinsons disease.
‘‘We look forward to the challenge again this year, a slightly different route with some rolling hills and the climb to Tolmie on the Monday will be a feature.’’
The ride also aims to raise awareness of the importance of road safety for cyclists, which is another cause close to Robbie’s heart.
The ride was supported by Parkinsons Victoria and all proceeds from this year’s ride will be donated to the organisation.
●Donations can be made at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/robbies-ride-2017