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Ride As One Japan 2017

Publish Date: 2/6/2017

In April, thirty riders came together to cycle through some of the most iconic scenery that Japan has to offer to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Ride As One Japan Group

The week-long event was held against the picturesque backdrop of the island of Kyushu, Japan’s most southern main island.  From active volcanoes to lush coastlines, there was no end to the scenic landscapes that accompanied the mountainous course.  

The event attracted a variety of riders, some with personal connections to blood cancer, haematologists, medical specialists, sponsor representatives and fitness enthusiasts. However, despite their diverse backgrounds and reasons for participating, everyone left the ride with strong ties to the Leukaemia Foundation.

“The experience and the challenge absolutely brought everybody together with a common purpose and a great sense of collective achievement.” said Ash Knop, General Manager for the Leukaemia Foundation in Victoria and Tasmania, who took part in the ride.

“Riding tends to be an individual pursuit, but in this instance it’s about working as a team. When you felt like you had enough, your teammates encouraged you to push through. And at the end of the day, no matter how much fatigue and pain we were experiencing, it was a reminder of why we were doing it in the first place” said Mr Knop. 

“It was the hardest course we’ve pulled together, there was a lot of climbing each day and very little rest” said Meaghan Bush, Campaigns and Business Development Manager Leukaemia Foundation.

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The unique location, relatively untouched by tourists, allowed the team to experience the true culture of Japan. Kyushu is renowned for its onsens, natural hot springs with bathing facilities, and the riders enjoyed treating their tired muscles after a long day of activity. Karaoke also featured frequently throughout the week, with some participants revealing some hidden talents! 

While the team enjoyed mild, clear weather for most of the week, one particular bout of heavy rain made for a very challenging day in the saddle.

“Despite the difficult conditions that day, the determination of the team was stronger than ever” said Ms Bush.

“It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced the ride before, the lasting impact it will have on their lives. The riders leave with a deeper understanding of how the money will truly help those affected by blood cancer.” Said Ms Bush.

On the final day of the ride, the team crossed the line with smiles on their faces. “The sense of achievement, relief and celebration was palpable” said Mr Knop.

For those looking for a new experience, there are opportunities to partake in Ride as One events soon.

Next on the calendar is a one day cycling event alongside the HAA Conference on the 27th October in Sydney. Additionally, the Ride as One annual event will take place early next year with more details to come.

To register your interest in either events please contact Meaghan Bush for more information:

T: 03 9949 5803 | M: 0422 009 955 | E: mbush@leukaemia.org.au

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