Greatest challenge

Ben Kay, of Smithton, will focus this month’s riding effort towards the Great Cycle Challenge. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Adventure. Ben Kay lives for the thrill of discovering a dirt track to explore on his mountain bike.

He will take the sport to new heights this month in the Great Cycle Challenge as he fundraises for the Children’s Medical Research Institute and their work towards prevention, diagnosis and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Taking up the sport two years ago, Kay says riding is a way to explore his own backyard.

“I really enjoy getting out on the awesome trails we have all over Tassie,” he says.

“It’s a great, fun adventure sport and you get to see some beautiful parts of the state and keep fit at the same time.”

Stumbling across the Great Cycle Challenge on Facebook, Kay is harnessing his energy to support a worthy cause.

“Cancer is a terrible disease that has an effect on everyone’s lives in some way or another these days.

“It’s tough enough for adults to have to go through but for kids who sometimes don’t even understand what is happening to them, none of us want to see any child go through that when they should be just having fun being kids!”

With a fundraising goal of $800, Kay will tackle 150 kilometres of on-road and off-road terrain throughout October.

“So if my little bit of effort over one month can help find a cure one day or even just treatment that helps make one of these brave kids’ day a tiny little bit better, then to me it’s more than worth it.”

To keep up to date or to donate to Ben Kay’s Great Cycle Challenge go to

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