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Sydney to Uluru via The Great Ocean Road for Variety

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Cycle from Sydney to Uluru with Variety Cycle. Cycle Traveller

It's a long-distance charity ride like no other – 26 days of cycling past some of Australia's most iconic scenery, including Sydney Harbour, The Great Ocean Road and Uluru.

When the sun comes up in Sydney on March 22, 2014, cyclists riding in the first ever Variety Cycle will head off on a bicycle journey covering almost 4,000km through five States and Territories on a mission to raise $1 million for children in need.

The gruelling challenge, which pushes riders to cover between 81km and 253km a day, will raise crucial funds to improve the lives of children in remote areas. When off the bike, cyclists will mix with communities, visit schools and hospitals and deliver much needed equipment and resources to remote towns, purchased with the funds raised from the charity ride. Riders will also get to visit wineries, be treated to gourmet meals and rest the night at first-class accommodation.

Something for everyone

During the Variety Cycle, there will be opportunities for cyclist of all abilities to get out on their bikes and help raise funds.

Families and beginners are invited to join the 6km Sydney Bike-a-thon on Sunday March 22 to celebrate the start of the Variety Cycle. Leaving from Pyrmont Bay Park, cyclists can ride a lap of honour along the city's bicycle lanes with the main peloton before they set off on the Grand Depart.

Riders who want more of a challenge but don't have a lot of time up their sleeve can choose to join one of a number of Day Rides throughout the event as well as City-to-City rides. And then of course, there is the full 26-day challenge.

Cyclists also have the opportunity to ride alongside some of the country's top cyclists, with five members of the Drapac cycling team set to join the peloton from March 30 between Melbourne and Lorne.

“We are very excited to have Drapac Professional Cycling join us on The Variety Cycle,” event founder Christopher Mapp said. “Drapac is not only looking for great results in the world of cycling, but also to have a positive influence on the community through the medium of cycling, which is a great fit for The Variety Cycle and our supporters.”

In addition to Drapac, inspirational individuals like burns survivor Turia Pitt will be joining the challenge.

Registrations

Registrations start at $40 for the Bike-a-thon up to $3,900 for the fully supported 26-day ride. Registration fees cover everything from meals, accommodation, access to support crew, bike mechanics, first aid attendants, masseurs and safety officers as well as an official Variety Cycle cycling kit.

In addition to registration costs, riders are asked to raise funds for Variety, ranging from $50 for the Sydney Bike-a-thon through to $9,100 for the entire event. Those wanting to help without taking to the pedals are invited to sponsor a rider.

Full event details are available on the Variety Cycle website.

Variety – the Children’s Charity – is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. By giving practical equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face so they can live life to the fullest. 

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