Future2 Wheel Classic fundraiser spawns a “Virtual” ride


Cyclist registrations for the Future2 Virtual Wheel Classic are now open!

When the 2013 Future2 Wheel Classic hits the Melbourne to Sydney road on 5 October, dozens of ‘virtual’ cyclists from the financial planning community may have covered the distance already –  cycling the 1250km in 10 weeks rather than 9 days.

Future2, the foundation of the Australian financial planning profession, today launched the inaugural Future2 Virtual Wheel Classic, calling on cyclists to sign up to help raise money for disadvantaged young Australians.  The Virtual Wheel Classic shadows the ‘real thing’, allowing cyclists to cover the distance in the gym or on the road.

Registrations can be made online from today for a fee of $100, which includes the cost of a Wheel Classic branded cycling jersey.  Cyclists may opt to ride any number of days and must cover the distance between 1 August and 13 October (the final day of the actual Wheel Classic), logging their progress using Strava software.

Each Virtual Wheel Classic rider will be invited to set up a fundraising page and to raise at least $300 – helping Future2 reach a $170,000 fundraising target set for this year’s event.  If they raise over $500 their registration fee will be refunded – or can be returned to Future2 as a tax-deductible donation.

Ray Griffin, a founding trustee of Future2 who, with fellow trustee Peter Bobbin, was the inspiration for the event and rode in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Future2 Wheel Classics, thanked Helen McCarthy of Think SMSF for the idea of the virtual ride.

“Helen is one the cyclists out there who really want to be involved and raise some money for Future2 but can’t join us in October”, Ray said.

“She has already signed in as our first Virtual Wheel Classic rider and we hope her passion for cycling and desire to raise money for Future2 and disadvantaged young Australians leads the way for lots more to do the same,” he added.

Future2 Chair Steve Helmich said, “The cyclists who commit their time and energies to training and participating in the Future2 Wheel Classic – and the Virtual Wheel Classic – are not only making an important philanthropic contribution, they are fostering widespread respect and trust in the financial advice profession.  We salute their efforts, and the individuals and businesses that have the vision to support them with donations and sponsorship.”

The 2013 Wheel Classic has attracted the support of AMP Financial Planning as Gold Partner and Matrix Planning Solutions as Silver Partner.  In addition, it has the support of:

  • Ride with Velosophy – Cycle Coaching partner, who offer free coaching for all registered cyclists
  • Tom Kerr Auto Centre, West Ryde – Support Team partner, contributing two escort vehicles
  • Shepparton Tri Club – Support Team partner, contributing a purpose-built cycle trailer
  • Victoria Wealth Management – Support Team partner, contributing a 4WD and Hari Maragos’s invaluable time
  • Aspen Parks – Accommodation partner, contributing a night at the Boathaven Holiday Park in Wodonga.

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