Cycling 800km for Australia’s busiest trauma centre

14/11/2014

An international cycling team will lead 18 ambitious enthusiasts on an 800km ride across some of Victoria's roughest terrain - all to raise money for Australia's busiest emergency and trauma care.

The Great Alfred Bike Ride (Sunday, 16 November to Saturday, 22 November) will see riders make their way from Nagambie to Melbourne in what many consider to be one of the toughest, yet visually breathtaking, cycling routes in Victoria.  It will stop in Archeron, Mt Buller, Mansfield, King Valley, Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Bright, Mt Buffalo, before finishing in Melbourne.

Drapac Professional Cycling and Olympic gold medallist, Scott McGrory, will provide leadership for the duration of the ride - supporting participants that include doctors, community fundraisers and past patients - all riding for The Alfred.

Deputy Director of The Alfred's Intensive Care Unit, Professor Jamie Cooper, said he is physically prepared for the gruelling ride - and is also participating to promote bicycle safety.

"I see the amazing work that is done at our hospital each day and I'm proud to be able to support this fundraiser," Prof Cooper said. "Many of our trauma patients come from outside metropolitan Melbourne and I'm looking forward to connecting with those communities."

Drapac Professional Cycling General Manager, Jonathan Breekveldt said The Alfred has been the ‘home base' for much of his team's medical testing, and supporting the ride is a perfect way to give back to the hospital.

"The hospital provides medical support to thousands of cyclists each year and Drapac Professional Cycling is proud to be using the power of two wheels to raise awareness of the great work of The Alfred," Mr Breekveldt said.

Proceeds from the ride will go toward the redevelopment of The Alfred's Emergency and Trauma Centre - the busiest in Australia.  Close to 7,000 trauma patients were treated at The Alfred last year - many required care for life threatening injuries.

To support the Great Alfred Bike Ride visit http://www.greatalfredbikeride.org.au/