Stephen’s ready for his fifth Ride as One
Stephen Opat might be the poster boy for Ride as One, having been a keen participant for the last four years.
A practicing haematologist at Monash Hospital, Stephen has seen first-hand the impact a blood cancer diagnosis can have on a family.
He realises the importance of charities like the Leukaemia Foundation and how much patients and their families rely on their support during tough times.
Having worked alongside the Leukaemia Foundation for many years, Stephen has experienced the significant impact the Leukaemia Foundation has with patients, carers and families, providing essential practical and emotional support.
Ride as One has given Stephen a chance to support and raise vital funds for people living with blood cancer, and to indulge his passion for riding.
While the four Ride as One tours have enabled him to traverse incredible terrain and see some amazing sites, his highlights have been the people he has met and relationships he has developed over the years. Ride as One invites an eclectic crowd of cyclists to unite under one umbrella. Their common cause: to support those living with blood cancer.
Stephen hasn’t hit the saddle alone. His riding team (aptly-named Blood on the Road) is a group of haematologists from the Monash and Alfred hospitals in Melbourne, who have ridden together for over 10 years. They ride weekly around Melbourne and surrounds, training for significant events like Ride as One.
Stephen says to those considering Ride as One Adelaide, “Don’t be put off by the distances or climbing, the event is a team effort.
“Everyone gets behind each other to complete each stage of the ride.”
Ride as One Adelaide will take participants on a journey through the beautiful surrounds and challenging hills of Adelaide, including McLaren Vale and the Barossa. Join Stephen and the Blood on the Road boys for what will be the best Ride as One yet.
Register today at Ride As One.