Warwick resident Grahame Dodd is leading the gear crew in the inaugural Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer on August 20-21.
Warwick resident Grahame Dodd is leading the gear crew in the inaugural Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer on August 20-21. Gerard Walsh

Motivated to help carry the load

AFTER losing his father to cancer and having a scare himself, Grahame Dodd didn’t think twice about helping out when he heard about the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer.

He retired from the Australian Army after 11 years service last year and has now returned to his hometown of Warwick.

Three decades ago, he lost his father to cancer and then had a prostate cancer scare himself three years ago.

“So many people I know have died of cancer,” he said.

“Figures indicate that one in two Australians will get cancer at some stage of their life.”

The beneficiary of the ride is the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, one of the leading agencies of cancer research in Australia.

There are 1000 riders going on the August 20-21 ride from Brisbane to the Brisbane Valley and return.

Dodd heads a gear crew of 18 which will shift the gear of the riders from the starting point to the spot for the overnight camp in the Brisbane Valley and back to Brisbane.

“We will see parts of the ride,” Dodd said.

He said he wasn’t aware of any Warwick riders competing this year but hoped to encourage more involvement from the Southern Downs next year.

“With the advent of safe cycle tracks, cycling has become more popular,” Dodd said.

“Cycling is a good healthy activity; you can ride the whole length of the Gold Coast on a cycle track.

“The Rio Tinto ride is not dreadfully hard with only 100km a day.”

While he rode as a child, Dodd returned to the sport recently in an 80km ride at Stanthorpe with a group from Redback Cycles.

“Two of my grandchildren, Billy Sullivan and Genevieve Richards, also went on that ride,” he said.

Dodd plans to crew again next year and is happy to hear from anyone keen to find out information about the event.

He can be contacted on 0417 770 124.

To donate visit www.conquercancer.com.au, click on the green donate tag and go to Dodd’s donation page or call 130011RIDE.



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