Four gay Melbourne men have braved winter in lycra bike shorts while training for the city’s first ever two-day Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for cancer research.

JOY 94.9FM volunteers Andrew Wheatland, Ben Horan, Brent Stevenson and Craig Burnett will be cycling 200km from October 27-28.

The Lycra Lovin’ team hopes to raise more than $16,000 before the ride to donate to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Horan, 33, told the Star Observer he had dedicated his ride to his father who had been diagnosed with cancer since Horan began training.

“I suffered a major back injury five years ago and was looking to set a rehabilitation goal that was a bit of a challenge,” he said.

“Since forming the team, my father was diagnosed with renal cancer so the whole event took a much more personal perspective.

“One of my team mates has had both parents diagnosed with cancer in the past 12 months.

“I really tip my hat and dedicate what I’m doing to my dad because he has been an amazing trooper through all this.”

Horan said the training had been challenging during the winter months.

“Trying to stay fit during winter has been a bit miserable but come October, I think we will be able to do 200kms,” he said.

The team raised an extra $300 last week at a JOY 94.9FM radio fundraiser and the boys will be holding a sausage sizzle at the Laird Hotel on September 23.


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