Words by Michael Roe, edited by Yuva (Founder of RedWhite Apparel).
Michael is wearing The BIB Bibshort.
Michael is a mechanical engineer living in Perth. As of 2019, he's 51 years old. Michael rides ultra-distance events regularly. His exploits include :
- Rove 400 - a 420km overnight bike packing ride.
- 135km 3 Dams Challenge
- Blackwood River Event - a 3 day MTB event
Michael's latest adventure is the massive 1600km Great Southern Ultra Challenge, a solo and unsupported ultra-endurance bicycle ride follows the Public Silo Art Trail in Western Australia. The race commences from Elizabeth Quay at 8:00am Sat 23rd November 2019.
The ride makes it way out to Meriden before turning south towards Ravensthorpe, Albany and then back to Perth by the inland towns such as Brookton. Michael hopes to complete it in under 6 days.
This ride is different in 1 way. Michael will be riding it in support of Movember. Movember is a global charitable cause raising awareness, support and research for Men's Health Issues such as Prostrate & Testicular Cancer and mental health and suicide prevention. Michael's goal is to raise $1 for every kilometer he rides. Since he'll be doing 1600km, that goal is $1600 in raised funds which will go directly to the Movember cause.
Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. Movember is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030, and Michael wants to help them get there. Help Michael stop men dying too young.
If you'd like to be a part of Michael's effort this Saturday and if you'd like to extend your kind support for the Movember cause, please donate generously to Michael's Movember page.
You can follow Michael's Great Southern Ultra Challenge "dot" on the race progress website or app: Map Progress GSUC Dot tracker ,Rider No. 15
Join the chat and race updates on the official Facebook group page: Facebook Great Southern Ultra Challenge
PS : Check out Michael's amazing Mo Bro.