HORNSBY MP Matt Kean is training to take on the 30km ride at the Tour de Hills on March 2.
His desire to support the Hills News and The Australian Hotel & Brewery Tour de Hills stemmed from knowing that every day two Australians are diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
"There is no known cure and every dollar I raise will go towards research," he said.
Mr Kean, who rides a mountain bike regularly at the Old Man's Valley in Hornsby, said the 30km route will be a challenge for him.
"But it's a small price to pay to support the cause and the people who do it tough battling this disease every day," he said.
The Bike Shop of Castle Hill will provide Mr Kean with a BH Prisma road bike, a helmet and clothes for the event.
Manager Brianne Callaghan said it's nice to contribute to the community.
"We've been in the area for almost 20 years and for us it's all about helping the community and enforcing safe riding," she said.
Tour de Hills, run by the Castle Hill Rotary Club, will also raise money for Police Legacy, Rural Fire Services, International Rotary Foundation and the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.
The highest fund-raiser will win three nights at the Whitsunday Apartments Complex — courtesy of an anonymous donor — and two return airfares from Sydney, courtesy of new sponsor PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia.
Participants will also go into a draw to win a $2200 BH Prisma bike, thanks to The Bike Shop of Castle Hill (participants must be present to claim prize).
TOUR DE HILLS:
■ Is on Sunday, March 2 with riders leaving from The Australian Hotel & Brewery in Annangrove from 7.30am.
■ Riders can choose from four courses: 15, 30, 50 and 90 kilometres. The 15km route is a family ride and for less experienced riders, while the longest is recommended for only experienced riders.
■ Registrations: $60 for adults, $40 for children under 14, and $145 for a family of two adults and two children. Register: tourdehills.com.au.
Ready to ride: Hornsby MP Matt Kean is all geared up to race at Tour de Hills. He was fitted out by The Bike Shop of Castle Hill's head mechanic Mark Weeks last week. Picture: Geoff Jones