PAIN won’t be a factor for Lachlan Willcox who plans to cycle 90 gruelling kilometres in Sunday’s MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride.
The 34-year-old cyclist is predicting a difficult finish to the ride in Wollongong but said any pain he incurred pales in significance to what his mother Jill has gone through.
Mr Willcox said his mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years ago and has battled the disease ever since.
Mr Willcox said his mother was a very strong woman and her condition was now slightly better.
‘‘I signed up for the ride to support mum and try to raise some money along the way,’’ he said.
With help from friends and family, Mr Willcox has raised $1180 and is hoping to further boost this amount.
To prepare for the longest ride of his life, Mr Willcox has been cycling 120km a week with regular trips from his Kellyville home to Windsor and back.
‘‘I’ve never done over 60km in one trip before so I’m sure this ride will be difficult,’’ Mr Willcox said.
‘‘My goal is just to finish and make it down to Wollongong.
‘‘I won’t be trying to race anyone that’s for sure.’’ The Sydney to the Gong ride’s 10,000 riders will start from Sydney Park, St Peters from 6am and finish at Stuart Park, Wollongong.
■ Donate to Mr Willcox’s personal fundraising page visit register.gongride.org.au/2012-Sydney-to-Gong-Bike-Ride/ LTWillcox.