Riding from Australia’s lowest point to it’s highest to raise money and awareness for cancer research and treatment.
Paul Begg and Matt Holmes to tackle Australia’s lowest point to it’s highest, on two wheels to raise money for cancer research.
Both are are well known in the Australian cycling community through their riding and contributions to the industry over the years. Both passionate riders, and both with a shared cancer experience that they have overcome. Salt2Snow is their way of giving back to the many incredible people that dedicate their lives to cancer treatment.
Together, their journey through cancer and it’s treatments will extend to taking on the long dirt roads from Lake Eyre in South Australia, across the deserts and plains into the Great Dividing Range with their goal, Mt Kosciuszko at the top of Australia in what will be a truly iconic adventure.
Why tackle this ride through the extremes of the Australian landscape?
To raise money and awareness for the two hospitals, Doctors, Nurses and research teams that Paul and Matt owe their lives to. Salt2Snow is a journey for those that have been affected by cancer and their families. A ride not too dissimilar from the arduous journey that the many forms of cancer and it’s treatment take their participants through.
What kind of bikes are being used?
To ride from Australia’s lowest point to it’s highest on bikes is no small undertaking. What bike to ride was always going to be the question. Specialized’s latest Turbo Levo’s were the obvious answer. Combining the all terrain ability of a mountain bike with an innovative pedal-assist motor and advanced electronics, delivering more range to the riders that will ease some of the gruelling kilometres of dirt and gravel the route follows. The riders skipping major roads for back ways through some of the county’s most iconic and picturesque terrain.
“The long road from diagnosis through to treatment and its aftermath represented by the long highways and byways of the Australian outback to the top of the high country.”
From the salt of Lake Eyre, the journey will head south through the iconic Flinders Ranges into the Riverina, following the Murray River to Mildura, before heading towards Albury. From the border town, the uphill begins into the lush Alpine National Park with the summit of our tallest peak, Mt Kosciuszko the destination before the much needed descent to Thredbo. The ride officially ends at the Kosciuszko Brewery with a much earned celebration.
When and where?
Paul and Matt are set to depart Lake Eyre on the 20th of October with a goal of 100-130km’s per day, making the 1800+ kilometre trip possible in under 3 weeks, weather permitting.
Who are they supporting?
Paul’s nominated charity is Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, where he revived life saving treatment for a rare bilitary cancer.
Matt’s time spent undergoing new chemotherapy techniques alongside radiation nd surgeries for an aggressive Stage 4 lymphatic cancer at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre was backed with research from the Garvan Institute.
How can I donate?
You can donate to now at www.salt2snow.com.au/2018
By following the Donate Now links you will be taken to the respective hospitals donation portals so you know all funds are making their way directly to the teams that got Pal and Matt, alongside so many to the here and now.
You can also support the cause and show it with pride by purchasing a limited edition Deus Salt2Snow T-shirt on the website with all profits going to the two nominated charities.
Salt2Snow is a long time dream of both riders that has been made possible by an amazing group of partners: