Olympian cyclist Shane Kelly of Australia will take the lead in the 2010 Ventou Marysville Lake Mountain Challenge next month on February 20, 2010. The event takes place one year after the region was ravaged by bush fires, and will be held for the benefit of the Country Fire Authority and State Emergency Service.
Kelly says that the event will be a challenge, not an actual race. He expressed his certainty about the participating cyclists being able to finish the course, despite having less than three weeks to prepare for the event.
The Australian cyclist has won the International Cycling Union Track World Championships several times already, and has been consistently performing on the Olympic levels ever since starting out way back in 1990. He has twice won the bronze medal in Olympic cycling events, back in 2000 and 2004.
The fundraising ride will pass through the areas that were affected by the bush fires last year, including Buxton, Alexandra, Eildon, Taggerty, Narbethong, and Thornton. Last year’s event saw over 1,500 cyclists joining, and raised $38,225 for the benefit of the Victorian Bushfire appeal.