Financial advisers cycle 1250 km – finishing in Sydney

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Twenty Future2 Wheel Classic cyclists.

Twenty Future2 Wheel Classic cyclists.

Twenty financial advisers and friends were elated as they rolled into the Sydney CBD last weekend at the end of a nine-day, 1250 km cycle ride from Melbourne to Sydney.

“They had completed the ride of a lifetime, smashing personal goals and physical challenges, with the added satisfaction of knowing they had raised tens of thousands of dollars to help disadvantaged young Australians”, said Steve Helmich, Future2 Chair.

The Future2 Wheel Classic is generously supported by AMP Financial Planning (Gold Partner) and Matrix Planning Solutions (Silver Partner).  This was the fourth annual fundraising cycle ride organised by Future2, the foundation of the Financial Planning Association.

AMP Financial Planning (AMPFP) opened up the Settlement Café at Circular Quay to welcome the cyclists; Managing Director AMPFP Michael Guggenheimer was there to greet them, along with family and friends of the riders.

City of Sydney Councillor Jenny Green, herself a keen recreational cyclist, welcomed the group and acknowledged how tough riding long distances can be.  “I hope you had a lot of fun taking part in this Wheel Classic ride and salute your generosity and that of the support partners in raising the funds that will help disadvantaged young Australians.  Strong communities are built and supported only when we accept that not everything can be left to the government and that we all have a part to play.”

On the journey from Melbourne, the cyclists climbed a total elevation of over 10,500 m, the equivalent of 1.2 Mount Everests, crossing the Snowy Mountains via Cabramurra and Cooma.

They burnt an average 3,500 calories a day (double the normal level), and while riding ate 60 kilos of bananas, 360 muesli bars and uncounted numbers of protein gels to keep energy levels high.  There were three days of punishing head- and cross-winds, gusting to 60mph with high temperatures that made one cyclist comment it was “like riding into a hairdryer”.

Over $80,000 has been raised from corporate support and the individual fundraising of cyclists.  As the ride made it’s way through country Victoria and NSW, it attracted the goodwill of many people, including spontaneous donations from shopkeepers and truck drivers.

To donate to the Wheel Classic or any of the individual riders visit: www.future2fundraising.org.au/event/f2wheelclassic2013

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