Bikers go extra miles for mate

THIRTY bike riders rode more than 120 kilometres from Sheffield to Cradle Mountain yesterday in memory of Sheffield's Nic Easton.

Nic Easton, 26, was diagnosed with leukaemia at Easter time last year, successfully underwent a bone marrow transplant donated by his sister Georgia, and was recovering well.

He and fiancee Jasmin Tait van Leuven, 25, of Wilmot, were planning a return to Tasmania from Adelaide when Mr Easton died unexpectedly with secondary respiratory failure on January 1 this year.

Mr Easton had made a recovery goal to ride from Sheffield to Cradle Mountain on his return to Tasmania.

His family and friends decided to make that ride for him, and have raised $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Ms Tait van Leuven said she had never really ridden a bicycle before but had since taken up riding.

``I have been training for the ride, putting in lots of work, and that also has lots of benefits after a tragic loss,'' Ms Tait van Leuven said.

``Nic was passionate about cycling.   In 2009 he and his dad created a ride called the Cradle Challenge ... this is something we can do for him.''

Ms Tait van Leuven and Nic's father Ric said they planned on making Nic's Cradle Challenge an annual event.

To donate, visit www.nicscradle challenge.net.au.

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