Cyclists put rare diseases on the map with Steve Waugh Foundation's Captain's Ride

ON YOUR BIKE: Ryan Cosgrove (left) and former cricketer Gavin Robertson (right), pictured with Elders Kings Langley owner Dennis Ashford, are putting rare diseases on the map with the Steve Waugh Foundation. Picture: Geoff Jones
ON YOUR BIKE: Ryan Cosgrove (left) and former cricketer Gavin Robertson (right), pictured with Elders Kings Langley owner Dennis Ashford, are putting rare diseases on the map with the Steve Waugh Foundation. Picture: Geoff Jones

Cycling 901 kilometres in six days is a daunting feat in any terrain, let alone Tasmania’s famous hills.

It’s all for a good cause though, as Ryan Cosgrove prepares for the ride of his life with the Steve Waugh Foundation.

Mr Cosgrove is one of up to 70 riders who have pledged to raise $10,000 each for the foundation, of which every cent will go toward children and young adults with rare diseases.

The Kings Langley resident was presented the opportunity by his friend Gavin Robertson, a former Australian Test cricketer and good friend of Steve Waugh.

“I’ve got healthy children, but with these kids it’s a battle each day. So it was a no-brainer really,” Mr Cosgrove said.

“As I say to people, it’s six days of hard work riding. I’ll probably be hurting for 10 days. But that’s nothing compared to the pain they’re going through.”

Mr Cosgrove recently directly supported a parent when he seized the chance to exercise his generosity.

In his job at Fuel Direct, he was donated a V8 Supercar ride with Shell VPower Racing and DJR Team Penske. With the support of his boss, Mr Cosgrove donated the ride to the foundation, and racing fan Karen Titterton enjoyed the adrenaline rush.

“I have done a couple of hot laps in a V8 before and it’s an amazing experience, but seeing the look on Karen’s face left that for dead. You can’t put a price on it,” he said.

The Captain’s Ride Tasmania tour runs from November 4-10, taking participants from Launceston to Devonport, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Tarraleah and Hobart.

Karen Titterton enjoys some V8 hot laps courtesy of Ryan Cosgrove and Fuel Direct. Picture: Supplied

Karen Titterton enjoys some V8 hot laps courtesy of Ryan Cosgrove and Fuel Direct. Picture: Supplied

They will be joined by top athletes including Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, Formula One Grand Prix champion Mark Webber and two-time AFL Brownlow Medal winner Adam Goodes.

Mr Cosgrove’s preparation for the ride has taken him on the M7 cycle path most nights and weekends, often accompanied by Mr Robertson.

He will have his work cut out for him from day one, with a gruelling 177km slog.

Mr Cosgrove is still fundraising for the ride, and thanked Elders Kings Langley owner Dennis Ashford for his generous support.

To support Ryan Cosgrove, search for his name at stevewaughfoundation.com.au/the-captains-ride.