Cyclists aim to help save lives during National Mental Health Week

A dedicated peloton of cyclists will be making their way across parts of rural SA in October to highlight awareness about mental health and raise funds for Beyond Blue.

This year Hill's Heroes will be riding hundreds of kilometres in a quest to help others who battle with issues such as depression and anxiety with the aim of raising $50,000.

Their journey includes a stopover in Williamstown and avid cyclists have the chance to be involved by registering their interest before August 1.

The ride coincides with National Mental Health Week, which starts on Saturday, October 5 and finishes on Friday, October 11.

The ride initiative began five years ago when founder Tyron Hill underwent a second knee reconstruction.

He wanted to set a goal which would keep him busy and help him deal with his recovery as well as helping some mates who were suffering from anxiety and depression.

Tyron, who grew up in Murray Bridge, was living in Barooga, NSW, at the time.

After enticing friends and family to hit the pedals the group began fundraising and soon left Barooga for an 800km ride to Adelaide for the experience of a lifetime.

After two successful rides in 2015 and 2017 and raising $75,000, Hill's Heroes is about to take to the road again, travelling from Murray Bridge and looping around across the Murraylands, Mallee, Riverland and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Murray Bridge was chosen as it is Tyron's home town and many of this year's riders are residents or former residents who are hoping to get the rural city behind them.

The riders will stay overnight in country towns, mostly at sporting clubrooms, where there may be fundraisers such as sausage sizzles and auctions - all the while talking about personal experiences and mental health issues.

This year's ride will start at Murray Bridge on October 6 and finish there on October 11.

The stages include:

  • Day 1 (Sunday, Oct 6) - Murray Bridge to Lameroo
  • Day 2 (Monday, Oct 7) - Lameroo to Renmark
  • Day 3 (Tuesday, Oct 8) - Renmark to Blanchetown
  • Day 4 (Wednesday, Oct 9) - Blanchetown to Williamstown
  • Day 5 (Thursday, Oct 10) - Williamstown to Victor Harbor
  • Day 6 (Friday, Oct 11) - Victor Harbor to Murray Bridge

Any person or business who would like to be a sponsor, support crew or rider is welcome.

For more information or to make a donation visit www.hillsheroes.com or click on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Hillsheroesride/