Hill Heroes fundraising cyclists head to Williamstown in October

Some of the riders who took part in the last Hills Heroes ride in 2017 included Miss Universe Australia Olivia Rogers.
Some of the riders who took part in the last Hills Heroes ride in 2017 included Miss Universe Australia Olivia Rogers.

In less than three weeks a enthusiastic peloton of cyclists will travel hundreds of kilometres across parts of rural SA to raise awareness about mental health and raise funds for BeyondBlue.

One of their stops includes a visit to the Barossa at Williamstown.

The dedicated riders will take to the road during National Mental Health Week, October 5 -11, with the aim to raise awareness of issues such as depression and anxiety.

The Hill's Heroes riders will stay overnight in country towns, such as Williamstown, mostly at sporting clubrooms, and are hoping to engage with people from all walks of life while also talking about their personal experiences and mental health issues.

Former international basketballer Olympic silver medallist and current Norwood footballer Jo Hill, who has completed previous rides, is ready to get back on the saddle again.

The Hill's Heroes ambassador is honest about her battles with depression and anxiety and wants to make a contribution to the cause.

This is the third ride for Hill's Heroes, which has raised more than $75,000 for BeyondBlue during its previous trips.

Riders will tackle the eastern part of South Australia in the ride, starting in Murray Bridge and looping across the Murraylands, Mallee, Riverland and Fleurieu Peninsula.

This year's ride will start on October 6 and finish 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

You can support the ride by visiting the Hills Heroes Facebook page.

HISTORY

The idea of HIll's Heroes 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, South Australia, and 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.