Cyclist puts heart in ride

Cyclist Alvin Radesich rode from |Kalgoorlie to Mandurah, raising money for charity. d395223
Cyclist Alvin Radesich rode from |Kalgoorlie to Mandurah, raising money for charity. d395223

As part of the 2013 Tour de Heart charity event, Mr Radesich took part in a gruelling bike ride from Kalgoorlie to Mandurah alongside a team of 10 amateur cyclists.

Departing from Kalgoorlie on January 24, the team ventured along the red dusty Great Southern Highway and returned to Mandurah with not only tight leg muscles, but also $23,000 worth of donations.

The charity cycle is an effort to raise funds and awareness for HeartKids WA and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Mr Radesich said cycling about 150km a day between towns and bunking up in recreational centres and football clubrooms was challenging, but his inspiration for the ride was strong.

‘I participated in this ride on behalf of a work colleague; unfortunately he lost his 12-year-old daughter Kayla last year to a congenital condition that caused her heart to race,’ he said.

‘The most challenging aspect was to wake up at 4am and place my bottom back on the seat for another 10 hours, day after day after day.’

The cycling team were joined by cycling enthusiasts between towns to show their support.