04 January 2016
In May this year, Mr Cullen from Kurralta Park was in a serious cycling accident which left him without the use of his legs for two months, before returning to his wind trainer, eager to compete in the 2016 Beat Cancer Tour.
The joint event between Events SA and Cancer Council SA, will see the Beat Cancer Tour allow a limited group of (up to) 30 riders, take part in every stage of the TDU as a united peloton to raise awareness in the fight to beat cancer.
Determined to get back on the bike, and motivated by two family members undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Mr Cullen is eager to make a full recovery in order to participate in the tour and raise much needed funds for cancer research.
“I am sure that cancer has touched every person in some form or another, so to raise funds for research makes every effort worth it,” Mr Cullen said.
“Helping raise funds for research and riding my bike in a pro-race, and being treated like a pro, is the best of both worlds in my opinion.”
Mr Cullen underwent several surgeries post-accident however is expected to make a full recovery, and aspires to be at optimal fitness when the tour commences.
“My first wind trainer session was only twenty minutes, but five weeks later I have built that up to being able to do four one and a half hour sessions per week.
“I am itching to get back on the road,” he said.
Mr Cullen admits while his ability does not quite match his ambition, the Beat Cancer Tour is an exciting opportunity for ‘normal cyclists’ to partake in the world’s only pro-tour experience.
“I am looking forward to the camaraderie between all the riders, the challenge of riding every stage of the Tour Down Under, and the main thing—the cause.
“Raising funds for Cancer Council SA gives me deep satisfaction knowing in some way, even if it is very small, that I am hopefully helping someone, somewhere with their battle with cancer,” he added.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, commended Mr Cullen on his efforts and contribution to the cause.
“People like John are a huge part of the reason we are able to help the 130,000 Australians diagnosed with cancer each year and contribute to life saving cancer research,” Mr Size said.
“The impact Cancer Council has in the community is largely due to people like John, who make a conscious effort to raise these funds to assist individuals and families who are affected by cancer in the hope that one day we can together beat cancer.”
The full pro-tour experience extends to accommodation at the Hilton Adelaide with the professionals, all meals and nutrition, a mechanics workshop in the village to service the bikes, a full team kit, medical support and much more.
The tour provides avid cyclists the chance to explore the great state of South Australia and contribute to the lives of the approximately 300 Australians who are diagnosed with cancer every day.
In 2016, the Beat Cancer Tour will also offer three day and one day experiences so everyone can get involved.
Spots are strictly limited for this once in a lifetime VIP professional experience, and we are currently seeking expressions of interest from experienced cyclists who have always wanted to ride a World Tour cycling course.
The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under will be staged from January 16 to January 24. To express your interest today, or to find out more, visit beatcancertour.com.au.
Visit and donate at John’s blog: www.jc2016bct.blogspot.com.au
Follow us on Twitter: @BeatCancerTour
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeatCancerTour