19 May, 2017
Simpson Desert expedition to raise money for beyondblue
May 19, 2017
Two amateur cyclists launch Desert MAN Can at Moreton Bay MTB Series LunarC 8hr Enduro
17th May 2017: For most riders, this year’s overnight LunarC eight-hour mountain bike race was a tough event in its own right, but for Stewart Boswerger and Callie Le Roux it was a very simple training run.
That’s because Stewart, from SLRV Expedition Trucks, and Callie, from Brisbane Truck Centre, announced their intentions to take part in the gruelling Desert MAN Can in August and will cycle across the Simpson Desert.
The aim of Desert MAN Can is to raise money and awareness for beyondblue, which helps people throughout Australia who are suffering from anxiety and depression.
“It was a tough ride, but Callie and I worked together and did our best to finish the race,” Stewart said following the LunarC event.
“It was a great achievement for us both, especially being amateur cyclists who haven’t participated in such a high endurance cycling event before.”
LunarC is not just any mountain bike race and it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Hosted at Murrenbong Scout Camp, just 40 minutes north of Brisbane, it began at 10pm on Friday 12 May and didn’t finish until 6am the following morning.
It was eight hours of madness and insanity as riders worshipped the night in the Moreton Bay Region.
“We feel even more confident about our trek across the Simpson Desert; a trek that will no doubt be one of the biggest challenges of our lives!”
One of the highlights of LunarC was that organisers kindly allowed the SLRV expedition support truck to be displayed, giving everybody the chance to learn more about Desert MAN Can.
Now with LunarC behind them, all thoughts and preparations are turning to the immense challenge of the Simpson Desert and the need for even more training.
Desert MAN Can is the first expedition to take place under the newly-formed Expedition Mission, a non-profit organisation that hosts an exciting annual expeditions to raise necessary funds for charity.
Already close to $1,000 has been donated by the public to their beyondblue mission through everydayhero.com, but they’re still a long way short of the $10,000 they’re aiming for from the Australian public.
A number of organisations are also offering support to the Desert MAN Can expedition, including Penske, MAN Trucks and Buses, and SLRV Expedition Vehicles.
JMC Academy is also going to join the expedition, with students taking footage of the ride that will be released later this year as a documentary to highlight the cycling pair's selfless act and to further raise awareness of beyondblue.
Callie and Stewart will begin the Desert MAN Can ride in August, supported by a team in MAN 4x4 Trucks converted into SLRV Off-Road Expedition vehicles.
They will follow the French Line across the Simpson Desert on their mountain bikes.
Find out more about this epic challenge at www.expeditionmission.com
Find out more about Beyond Blue HERE
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