Summers for the sick kids
Friday, 15th March, 2019
By Emily Ferguson
Trystan Summers will later this year embark on his greatest challenge on the bike.
The police officer is the newest addition to the gang of locals to participate in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids, joining Mark Craven and Tim Ferguson in the one thousand kilometre journey around Adelaide later this year.
Trystan was inspired by one of his colleagues from Dareton that has previously participated in the ride.
“I saw that he was doing it last year, unfortunately he’s not doing it this year but I just thought it’s a good cause to get behind and I enjoy riding, so it’s something that I can do to help out,” he said.
An avid bike rider in his spare time, Trystan has participated in rides for charity previously although the Ride for Sick Kids will be the longest one yet.
“I did a ride about seven years ago now for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney so that’s a cancer centre which is part of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital that was being built at the time and it was a two hundred kilometre ride over two days that we raised money for,” said Trystan.
The Ride for Sick Kids will be Trystan’s second for the year, as he is participating in a ride for Police Legacy in April.
“Three hundred kilometres over three days ... it goes from the Remembrance Wall in Sydney to the Remembrance Wall in Canberra.”
Trystan is looking forward to the challenge of riding one thousand kilometres.
“I’ve done nothing to this magnitude ... It’ll be interesting, definitely one of the biggest challenges I’ve had on the bike, one of the days is over 200 kilometres which is a long time in the saddle so I’ll be a bit sore by the end I think,” he said.
Trystan believes that Ronald McDonald House Charities and their annual Ride for Sick Kids is a fantastic charity.
“It certainly helps out people who are obviously in very unfortunate and terrible situations and allows them a little bit less stress in having to often travel from remote areas,” he said.
“I guess it’s just a little less stress that they have to deal with which obviously in those times are some very stressful situations.”
Preparations have begun for the big ride and the number of training rides are increasing thanks to the cooler weather.
Trystan said he rides a lot anyway but he aims to get on the bike a lot more than he has been.