Cycling Australia is pleased to have sanctioned this event and will continue to be involved into the future said a spokesperson for the Cycling SA office.
Lilyroo Ride Director Mark Watkin commented “We’re delighted to receive this news and endorsement from Cycling Australia. It’s recognition of the effort and detail put into the planning of the ride to ensure it is safe and successful for all involved.”
Peter Lockyer, Lilyroo Fund Founder, added “This is huge milestone for the Lilyroo Ride and is the result of many months of hard work and dedication by our fantastic team. Kristie and I would like to pay tribute to Michael Clayton, Mark Watkin and, in particular Pat Garrett, for the many late nights and countless hours they put in to create such a professional document.”
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About Cycling Australia
Cycling Australia (CA) is the national administrative body responsible for the sport of cycling in Australia as recognised by the Australian Government, the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Commonwealth Games Federation and the Australian Paralympic Committee.
As an organisation CA’s objectives are to create opportunities for all riders and people interested in cycling. They also deliver high performance programs that produce world class riders across all disciplines. CA offer membership benefits to all cyclists – recreational riders through to competitive racers and importantly are advocates for improving cycling within Australia.
About The Lilyroo Fund & Lilyroo Ride
Established in March 2014 by Kristie and Pete Lockyer to celebrate the short but perfect life of their daughter Lily. The Lilyroo Fund raises funds and awareness for the NISC Unit at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.
At 23 weeks and 2 days into Kristie Lockyer’s pregnancy, her waters unexpectedly broke. Up to that point Kristie had enjoyed a normal healthy pregnancy. Four days later on March 26th 2014 at 11:43am, Lily Mary Lockyer was born weighing just 558g. Despite the world class care of the Newborn Intensive and Special Care (NISC) unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, Lily was born too young to lead a long and healthy life.
Nicknamed Lilyroo by her eldest cousin, Lily’s legacy will live on through the Lilyroo Fund and ensure that preterm babies and their families receive the same incredible care and compassion that Lily and her family received at the Women’s.
The inaugural Lilyroo Ride is a 1156km 7-day charity bicycle ride from Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide to the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Up to thirty riders will cycle the route from Sunday 5th April 2015 to Saturday 11th April 2015 and raise much needed funds for the Royal Women’s Hospital NISC unit.