Naomi rides the long road to finding a cancer cure
NAOMI Land knows the road from Bowen to Collinsville better than most.
She has been cycling the 200km round trip as part of her training for this year's Tour de Cure, an epic Adelaide-to-Canberra challenge in which the former Mackay resident will have to cycle 1540km.
Along the way, she'll face altitudes of up to 1700m, as she crosses the Snowy Mountains.
Despite riding 300-400km a week to prepare for the ride, Ms Land admits she was nervous about the altitude of the climb and the cold.
"We're not used to the cold here," she said.
Ms Land said her challenge was nothing in comparison to the challenges so many children and adults had to face 24 hours a day once diagnosed with cancer.
"We've had quite a few people in our family affected by cancer.
"It's so hard even for adults to get through the cancer process. These little children who go through it, it's just heartbreaking."
Ms Land said she knew all too well what it was like to lose a child, having lost her first daughter, Disney, in a car accident in 2002.
"They told me I wouldn't be able to have any more children," she said. "I've been blessed to have two children.
"I feel blessed to be part of such an important cause.
"I have joined the team with a clear vision to inspire the Australian community, raise awareness and action against cancer and to cure cancer by funding vital research support and prevention projects."
Ms Land, who has competed in half ironmans and marathons, said she hoped to raise $20,000 for the cause and was seeking corporate sponsorship.
The 10-day challenge kicks off in Adelaide on April 26 and ends in Canberra.
- 1540km ride from Adelaide to Canberra begins April 26
- To donate to Naomi's cause visit: tourdecure.com.au, click on Signature Tour 2013, The Team, and scroll down to Ms Land's profile