RIDE LIKE CRAZY
ACM students massage fatigued cyclists after tackling steep hill climbs
This charity event involved 2000 cyclists donning their lycra to cycle through the undulating Adelaide hills from Unley to Woodside.
The SA Police established this event in honour of Senior Sergeant Mick ‘Crazy’ Koerner of the SA Police Force, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2008. The ride began in 2009, an event organised by his friends and work colleagues who were delighted at its success with 600 entrants! The event has only gathered momentum since!
The legacy continues on an annual basis with all funds raised from the event going to support the fight against cancer through the Neurosurgical Research Foundation and the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation.
Jodie Koerner, Mick’s wife sounded the horn on Sunday 15th January to start the riders on their 2012 journey. The weather gods were on the riders’ side albeit it was a tad chilly in the hills in the morning. There were 3 distance events ranging from 53km to 107km, climbing up the South Eastern Freeway with all trails finishing at the Unley Oval to be welcomed by refreshments, music and celebrations.
The ACM students were greeted with smiles by the queues of riders eager for a post-race massage and there wasn’t a free place on a massage table from 10am to 2.30pm! Some cyclists even experienced the pleasure of two Massage Therapists working together, one on each leg.
Riders were thankful and impressed by the ACM student’s expertise, offering many appreciative and supportive comments, boosting their confidence in their hand skills.
In addition to the students volunteering their time to massage the cyclists, a couple of ACM students also braved the course themselves!
The ACM students were even featured on the local news footage of the event! ACM will continue to support this annual event and look forward to rewarding cyclists in 2013 for their efforts with post event massage.