Riding to honour old friends

RIDE: Shane Miller is preparing for a 250-kilometre ride to honour two well-known community members and raise money for cancer research. Picture: Calise Holmes

RIDE: Shane Miller is preparing for a 250-kilometre ride to honour two well-known community members and raise money for cancer research. Picture: Calise Holmes

Wirrulla's Shane Miller will be riding his bicycle next month in honour of community stalwarts and to raise money for cancer research.

Mr Miller will be making a 250-kilometre trip from Kingoonya to Wirrulla over five days from Tuesday, September 10 until Saturday, September 14.

The owner of the Wirrulla Hotel will mark his return home with a celebratory evening and an auction at the pub to raise further funds.

Mr Miller said he is preparing to ride 50km a day and will be doing so in honour of two friends, the late Glen 'Sharky' Kelsh and Peter 'Frog' Holmes.

"I want to honour friends and well-loved community members, and raise money for cancer research while we are at it," he said.

"Everyone was close to both of them in town and I knew them all my life.

"I had a conversation at the pub one night when Frog was crook about riding my bike and I will stick to what I said."

The ride had to be delayed because Mr Miller broke his ankle, but a year on he said he would honour his word.

Money is being raised for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation, with $1491 raised online, in addition to donations made at the pub.

Mr Miller said there was still time to donate and it could be done at the hotel or online.

As well as items to be auctioned off on the Saturday night there will be live music to mark the end of the ride.

Mr Miller will be riding solo but a support vehicle will help him along the way.

He plans to camp at various stations along the route and said preparations were going well.

"Over the last couple of months I have been getting on the bike to prepare.

"I'll be by myself but it would be great if kids or anybody else would like to join in and ride on the last day into town."