Lord Mayor to welcome cyclists at the end of 1,250km road

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A 1,250 marathon cycle ride from Bourke to Sydney – set to raise $100,00 from the financial planning profession to support disadvantaged young Australians – sets out from Bourke on 7 September and ends in Martin Place on Friday 16 September.

Ray Griffin and Peter Bobbin, both founding trustees of Future2, the foundation of the financial planning profession, will be among the riders to travel the final leg of the journey from Centennial Park to Martin Place to be welcomed by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore and a gathering of colleagues and friends.

The core team of four long haul cyclists to make the 10 day journey from Bourke to Sydney will be joined in Centennial Park by employees of Wheel Classic sponsors and supporters. They meet at Randwick Gates in Alison Road at 1.30pm for five laps of the Grand Drive and the run into Martin Place, arriving at 3.00pm.

The BT Future2 Wheel Classic is proudly supported by BT Financial (gold partner), Matrix Planning Solutions (silver partner), AMP Financial Planning and Hillross (Bronze partners). Commonwealth Financial Planning is sponsoring a series of seminars on the tax aspects of wealth accumulation and preservation, given at four locations along the route by Peter Bobbin – after a long day in the saddle!

“The Wheel Classic is a challenge that really demands passion and commitment on the part of the cyclists,” said Griffin before setting out.

As well as fundraising, the objective of the ride is to create local, state-wide and national awareness of the great work that many financial planners do in their communities, giving practical help for the financially and socially disadvantaged. All of the money raised – through sponsorship, donations and fundraising events – will go to the Future2 Foundation.

The 1250 km ride follows the route taken in 1955 by Ray’s father, now aged 79, a member of the Speedwell team that took part in the Daily Telegraph-sponsored Bourke – Sydney Cycle Tour. In those days much of the road was rough and untarred.

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