The Smashing Cycle of Poverty team of cyclists are, from left: Dave Mansfield, Dave Langley, Ron Balderston and Pat Kennedy. Photo Tim Howard / The Daily Examiner
The Smashing Cycle of Poverty team of cyclists are, from left: Dave Mansfield, Dave Langley, Ron Balderston and Pat Kennedy. Photo Tim Howard / The Daily Examiner Tim Howard

Cyclists fight poverty with Valley ride

A TEAM of four cyclists on a 2500km ride to raise $1 million fight global poverty have found the Clarence River to be one of the standouts of their journey so far.

The team, of Dave Mansfield, Dave Langley, Ron Balderston and Pat Kennedy, are riding under the banner Smashing Cycles of Poverty, travelling from Sydney to Noosa Heads and return.

"Riding beside the Clarence River this morning has been one of the highlights of the ride," said the team's media officer Mr Kennedy.

"It's a magnificent sight so early in the morning and it's a pleasure to be out cycling beside it."

The team enjoyed the hospitality of the Maclean Anglican Church last night.

"We had a wonderful fish barbecue last night," Mr Kennedy said.

"They made us feel so welcome and it was a wonderful night all round."

Each night of their ride the team participates in a forum to discuss global poverty, which they will do again tonight after they arrive in Woolgoolga.

Mr Kennedy said the cyclist have received enthusiastic reception from motorists during the 1800km of their journey so far.

"Motorists are waving, tooting their horns and getting right out of our way. They are being very gracious," Mr Kennedy said.

Team captain Mr Mansfield said his band of cyclists aim to raise $1 million to help the more than 1.3 billion people around the world who live on around $1 a day.

"With over 20,000 children under the age of five dying every day from preventable causes, such as hunger, the Smashing Cycles of Poverty is a race against time as we try to save as many people in the developing world as possible," Rev Mansfield said.



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