Marthick’s milestone, charity crusade

Ride. Local cyclist Rodney Marthick will clock 30,000 kilometres during his crusade with Bike for Bibles Australia this weekend.

The charity will navigate the state throughout the next 10 days in a bid to raise funds for literacy education in South Sudan.

Each rider has a fundraising target of $1500 and is expected to cycle some 1300 kilometres to achieve this.

The first leg of the journey will begin in Circular Head, leaving Riverbend Youth Centre at 8am on Saturday. Riders will have the choice of a 160km or 100km route to start off their campaign.

Marthick, a cyclist of six years, will tackle the 160km ride deep into the Tarkine.

Following the first leg, riders will make their way to Stanley before weaving along the coast to Burnie on Sunday then the group of 10 will continue throughout the state in the following days.

This will be Marthick’s most challenging endeavour in his riding career to date.

“This will be the biggest ride I’ve done now,” he says.

“I’ve done five or seven day rides before but this will be a big one.”

In preparation Marthick was completing three or four rides each week.

“I feel mentally prepared, there will be some big days, but I know what’s in front of me.”

Marthick urged road users to look out for the crusaders this weekend while the group is in the area.

This is the first time in more than five years that Bike for Bibles has taken on a statewide ride. Cyclists are expected to come from across the country and even as far as Canada to attempt the endeavour.

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