So close to home was cancer treatment for Lavington’s Michelle Roberson, that she rode her bicycle to receive chemotherapy.
Mrs Roberson was diagnosed with cervical cancer in August 2017 and had radiation and chemotherapy over 10 weeks at the Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
Now feeling fit and back on the bike, the avid cyclist is giving back to the new facility by participating in the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge later this month.
“The first year I took part in 2014 was to do a group ride out to the weir, knowing the money was going towards good causes,” she said.
“Last year was more personal, having been a cancer patient.
“All my treatment was done in Albury, only a few kilometres from home with fabulous staff which made it a lot easier.”
Ms Roberson wanted to keep cycling throughout her treatment and is setting herself a new challenge by participating in the 79-kilometre Sandy Creek route, one of three rides on February 23.
“Cycling was something I could control, whereas when you’re having cancer treatment there’s not a lot you can control,” she said.
“It’s good for your physical health and your mental well-being.
“It’s been 12 months since the doctor said I was all good, and we take it year by year, but I’m feeling good.
“The Sandy Creek ride will be the longest I’ve ever ridden, but I did 65 kilometres down at the Cadel Evans race last week so I’m feeling alright.”
The even more challenging 126-kilometre Granya Grind returns to the 2019 event this year after a three-year hiatus.
Committee chair Rob Lees said due to Riverina Highway works the ride had not happened, and its return was expected to be popular.
“People are excited about it and the entries we have up to date indicate it is a 50-50 split between the Granya Grind and the Sandy Creek rides,” he said.
“There is also the 37-kilometre Weir Wonder and shorter family-friendly rides around town.
All money raised through the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge, overseen by the Rotary Club of Bellbridge, will go towards the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre and Border Trust.
Registrations are open.
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