BY DIANNE MATTSSON
BLACK AND Gold Lycra and a stray pair of Crows socks made a striking peloton out of Adelaide yesterday.
The socks and familiar face of Andrew Jarman drew adoring old footy fans in Strathalbyn, said his daughter, Charlie, but it didn’t stop the road-fit cycling crew of charity supporters from forging on and staying ahead of a very important schedule.
More than a dozen cyclists were farewelled at 7am by Lord Mayor Martin Haese as they set out on day one of Road Raise, a 970km bike ride from Adelaide to Melbourne, raising funds and awareness for CanTeen.
The mayor said he could feel the pain ahead.
“I have done that ride, 25 years ago with cycling-mad mates,” he said. “It’s a huge endeavour and such a great cause. Good on them.”
The six-day journey included a stop at the 151km point in Meningie last night, and after a further 145km, in Kingston SE, tonight.
Tomorrow they ride to Mt Gambier, then on day four to Warrnambool, day five to Geelong, finishing on day six in Melbourne.
Checking in with Confidential, Charlie says the group is “having fun, and we’re ahead of time”.
She has worked hard to physically prepare for the ride and laughs about her dad Andrew, better known for riding the Triple M airwaves, who relied on his footy days fitness and “just did the mental prep”.
“But he is looking good and had plenty of energy for the old Crows supporters rallying around him,” she says.
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