The challenge, a teams relay event run over 700km of some of the Kimberley’s toughest terrain, has attracted hundreds of competitors who, depending on their team size, will ride between 20km and 120km on dirt each day.
Community Newspaper Group chief executive Alan Clyne, a member of the Spinners, said the team met through business contacts and had been training for weeks to take on the challenge.
The team comprises Pacific Finance partner Jeff Doig, of Dalkeith, Complete Portable’s Emanuel Dillon, from Mosman Park, Commonwealth Bank executive Clinton Ridge, Absolute IT’s Jeremy Hurst and Exclusive Wallcraft’s James Chang.
Mr Clyne, of Mt Claremont, said the group had raised more than $50,000 in donations, pledged to Cystic Fibrosis WA, a group that supports the social, physical and emotional wellbeing of those living with the genetic disorder.
‘May also happens to be Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, and the team is really passionate about their contribution, which will assist with research that we hope will ultimately lead to people living lives unaffected by CF,’ he said.
Mr Dillon said each team member is rostered to ride 5km to 10km stints during each day’s competitive stages across rough terrain that included gravel, sand and mud.
They are camping out under the stars each night over the seven-day challenge, with the team consigning six pallets of equipment to the North-West to enable them to operate self-sufficiently.
Mr Dillon, who owns the Spinifex Hotel in Derby, is also the event’s major sponsor and is looking forward to the continued growth of the bike challenge.
‘It will be an adventure but a real challenge at the same time,’ he said.
“We’ll have to deal with corrugated roads, really tough tracks and a few river crossings where the odd crocodile might be lurking.’