1043 kilometres to go for Ian

AN Albury cyclist will pedal 1043 kilometres from Adelaide to Melbourne, representing a Border team that has raised almost $30,000 for the Amy Gillet Foundation.

Plumber Ian Avage has been riding 150 kilometres a week to train for the event, that will see him share the road with five-time Olympic gold medallist Bradley McGee and team Orcia GreenEDGE riders.

“I reckon the masseurs on the trip are going to get a work out,” he said.

He was invited to join the foundation’s biggest event as a recognition of Jones Street Cycles fund-raising efforts over the past 18 months.

Gillet, an Olympic cyclist, was killed in a training accident in Germany in 2005 when hit by a car.

The foundation aims to reduce the incidence of death and injury of bike riders.

“Raising almost $30,000 in a short time is a credit to businesses and family and friends who have been so generous,” Mr Avage said.

Mr Avage will begin the ride on Monday.

Mr Avage said cyclists and motorists needed to learn how to share the road.

To donate visit sharetheroadtour2012.gofundraise.com.au

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