Call to recruit more riders

Spokes of Hope riders have become known for their orange jerseys and fighting spirit.

Spokes of Hope riders have become known for their orange jerseys and fighting spirit.

Woodend's Spokes of Hope cyclists are again donning their legendary jerseys in the name of cancer research and have put out the call for more recruits.

Their gallant efforts at the One Day to Conquer Cancer each October has seen the team raise an impressive $188,367 over about five years with last year's funds totalling $28,533.

The team first formed in 2012 with five riders inspired by the community-minded Shevaun Noonan to give a hope for a cure and has received a huge backing from the community.

For team captain, Kim Strong "Spokes has been a humbling experience".

"There has been support of the local Woodend community to family, friends and colleagues around the country who have all generously donated money or items to raffle to raise funds for cancer research," he said.

"On top of this, there is a comradery of Spokes members as we train in terribly cold conditions with a sole focus to raise funds and awareness.

"The feeling we have crossing the line knowing months of training is for a great cause, and creates a bond that continues to this day."

Mr Strong said the experience had always seen new friendships form along the way and the sense of being part of something that could marginalise cancer.

For details on how to donate or sign up, visit the Spokes of Hope Facebook page.

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