Worth a great ride

GABR 2014 Riders welcomed home

A team of weary cyclists received a hero's welcome on Saturday after riding through some of Victoria's toughest terrain - all to raise money for emergency and trauma care at The Alfred.

The week long 800km Great Alfred Bike Ride saw riders make their way from Nagambie to Melbourne in what is considered one of the toughest, yet visually breathtaking, cycling routes in Victoria.  

Olympic gold medallist Scott McGrory was the Great Alfred Bike Ride's ambassador. McGrory, also a Commonwealth Games champion, was joined by international cycling team Drapac who led a team of doctors, community fundraisers and past patients - all riding for The Alfred.

The Great Alfred Bike is both a fundraiser for The Alfred and an awareness raising event for road safety - more than 7,000 Victorians are treated in The Alfred's Emergency and Trauma Centre each year, many with life threatening injuries.

During the ride, the team visited local primary schools where students turned out in droves to welcome the riders. The school children greeted the cyclists with banners, clappers, signs, and decorating bikes of their own.

Visiting local primary schools to spread the all important message of road safety was a highlight for the team. An added personal touch was when some students revealed to Alfred clinicians they had a family member or someone they knew had been airlifted to The Alfred.

The exhausted team has fundraised over $130,000 which will go toward the redevelopment of The Alfred's Emergency and Trauma Centre. 

Congratulations and thank-you to the riders and supporters.