IF you see a cyclist in a 2018 Great Cycle Challenge for Children’s Cancer shirt pounding the coastal paths around Mandurah early in the morning, stop and say hello and give him time for a breather.
It will be Mandurah Coastal Times real estate account manager Paul Skuse, raising funds for the children’s charity.
His goal is to ride 600 kilometres and raise $1000.
Skuse belongs to a group of runners-walkers-swimmers known as Fat Dads.
“They aren’t all fat and some are mums but we raise a lot of money for various charities, almost $200,000 over the past four years,’’ he said.
He has ridden in the Great Cycle Challenge for the past two years and although he has no direct link with children’s cancer, the father of three has totally committed to the cause.
“Sadly, this event won’t involve Fat Dads directly as they have a massive link with the Ride to Conquer Cancer, another annual cycling event that take in 200 kilometres, Perth to Pinjarra and back over a weekend which is also in October.
“Because I am a real estate account manager, I have a great opportunity to travel down very early in the morning, ride 40-50 kilometres (his goal is 150 kilometres a week) and pound those beautiful coastal paths three or four times a week before starting work.
“I’ve learned in the past that it is important to start well and get as many kilometres under your belt as early as possible as you never know what the weather will be like later and catching up to your distance target in a blizzard is not ideal.
“I managed to do 613 kilometres and raise more than $1500 in my first ride in 2016 and would love to beat that this time.”
To donate, go to https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/PaulSkuse