Racing to the stars to aid niece’s battle

RACE TO THE STARS: Cyclist Dave McAdam made his way through Kimba as part of his journey from Fremantle to Brisbane to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.

RACE TO THE STARS: Cyclist Dave McAdam made his way through Kimba as part of his journey from Fremantle to Brisbane to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.

Dave McAdam cycled into Kimba on Saturday as part of a cross-country ‘Race to the Stars’ journey to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.

It was the eighth leg of a trip which saw Mr McAdam leave Fremantle on Friday, July 7.

He expects to finish in Brisbane on Sunday, July 23.

The illness hit close to home for Mr McAdam, which prompted him to undertake the journey.

“My niece Freya has cystic fibrosis, she is two years old and we found out she had the illness weeks after birth,” he said.

“It was a big shock to the family – we didn’t even know what it was – and we tried to support her.”

He said the opening stages of his ride had been “massively epic” as he went from cities to towns and on to the bush.

The 42-year-old is travelling with a two-man support crew, Charlie Shaw and father-in-law Paul Swift, and riding more than 300 kilometres a day.

Mr McAdams said the arrival into Kimba was a milestone of the trip.

“Arriving into Kimba it was a mix of excitement and elation after just reaching the midway point of the ride,” Mr McAdams said.

“Riding into town the wind changed to a tail wind and this really lifted the mood and motivated me to keep on going.”

Reaching Byron Bay next Saturday, there will be a charity ride to see see Mr McAdam home to Brisbane the following day.

To donate to Mr McAdam’s cause, visit Race to the Stars.

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