The 2023 MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research was staged over the weekend with 1,800 riders riding 200kms over two days and raising a remarkable $8.9 million to support cancer research in WA at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
All riders set off on Saturday morning at 7am from Optus Stadium in warm and windy conditions, arriving in Mandurah from late morning to mid afternoon.
Riders were treated to an evening of great food, drinks and entertainment, including inspirational and emotional stories from many who have been touched recently by cancer within the Perkins / MACA Cancer 200 community. Everyone stayed in Mandurah overnight with nearly 1,000 riders camping at the Satellite venue in Mandurah.
The weather was hot over the weekend, and riders had to navigate head winds on both days, before returning to the Optus Stadium precinct and end of ride celebrations back at The Camfield on Sunday.
As official hydration partner, eniQ products were available throughout the two days to ensure all riders were well hydrated. We launched and received great feedback on our new raspberry flavoured eniQ electrolyte product.
Team eniQ grew from 8 riders last year to 16 this year, smashing its fundraising target of $50,000, raising $103,023 for Perkins. The team was prominent out on the road throughout the weekend with its Custom Kit designed and supplied by Pedal Mafia.
Team eniQ included John Gardner, David Sierakowski, Tim Wise, Chris Rimmer, Cameron Tweedie, Travis Young, Gary Hansson, Michael Pyne, John Hannaford, Bill Fry, David Smyth, Simon Growden, Martin Harris, David Hann, Bruce Dewar and Arron Ebsworth.
"This is our 5th year as hydration partner of the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research and the 2nd year with our own team. We doubled our number of riders this year and more than tripled our funds raised which is a phenomenal effort," said eniQ CEO Tim Scott-Branagan.
"The MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research is truly a world class event. Most importantly, every one of our riders had a wonderful experience and has indicated they would like to ride again next year. So we're hoping to build on that and raise even more money for the Perkins Institute next year!" said Scott-Branagan.