Every day Rod Sullivan saddles up to pump out the kilometres, as part of his training for the ride of his life. By September Rod, of Geelong, hopes to be fit enough to tackle the “Race to the Rock”, the ultimate 3500km solo cycling challenge from Port Douglas in Queensland to Uluru in central Australia.

Part of his gruelling training schedule will be several longer rides, including a 400km off-road cycle around Bendigo to Castlemaine later this month.

The father of two is working up to the biggest challenge of his life to raise awareness and funds for our mental health and disability support organisation.

“I want to raise awareness of the isolation young carers can often face, particularly young men. I’m sure there are other young men like me who either need support for their own mental health or who are carers. I am riding to raise awareness for them and saying that it’s okay to talk about your mental health.”

The September ride will be both a physical and mental challenge, Rod says. “You need to be prepared to take it on but even then, I will be pushing myself to my limits.”

Race to the Rock is a solo ride with no support crew. Riders must carry all they need and are tracked online. “(Wife) Kylie will see me off and she will be there waiting for me, and when I finally get there it’s going to be fun,” Rod says.

Rod has a fundraising page for donations. If you would like to support better mental health and the work of Wellways:  

Donate here