All are invited to a big breakfast to raise money for well-known Ballarat cyclists Luke Taylor and Christian Ashby, who are recovering from devastating crashes.
The annual Bike Riders’ Brekkie, which is run by local cyclists, will dish up a tasty meal at the St. Patrick Pavilion from 8.30am on Saturday, November 4, after residents have gone for a morning ride.
Matthew Kaess, who heads up community cycling group Ballarat Roadies, said the event would act as a nod to the bravery of Mr Taylor and Mr Ashby.
“What we would like to focus on is how someone affected by crashes, such as Luke and Christian, still require ongoing support long after the event,” Mr Kaess said.
“We all say 'it's a long road to recovery', but we can forget that it really is.
“The purpose of this breakfast is to remind everyone of that.
“The plan is to encourage cycling groups to ride that morning and come for breakfast after.”
Mr Ashby was cycling around Lake Wendouree when he was horrifically injured by a hit-run driver on Good Friday last year.
Then in May, 2017, Mr Taylor was struck by a ute at the intersection of Cuthberts and Whites roads west of Ballarat. He underwent surgery for 14 hours.
The two cyclists, who are both fathers, still require ongoing rehabilitation.
“When these types of injuries occur, we don’t necessarily forget about them, but the attention kind of dies away on behalf of the community,” Mr Kaess said.
“Through this breakfast, we want to remind Christian and Luke that they’re not forgotten.”
The first Bike Riders’ Brekkie was organised by Mr Kaess’ friend Robert Hermann, who was involved with fundraising for a charity based in Uganda.
But this year Mr Hermann thought it was important to turn their efforts to a local cause after the two crashes sent shock waves through the community.
Attendees do not need to register or ride a bike, Mr Kaess said. “Just show up at the St. Patrick Pavilion anytime after 8.30am,” he said.
For more information, head to the Ballarat Roadies Facebook page.