Scottie Haas has returned to long distance bike riding again, this time as part of the Freedom Fondo ride for Pathways Tasmania. More than 40 riders donned their jerseys and assorted lycra on May 23rd, for either the 100k or 200k challenge, leaving from the Regatta ground in Hobart, and cycling up to New Norfolk, out to Teatree and over Grasstree Hill before returning back to the city.

Scottie said that despite having the flu the week before, cramps in his legs, and the fact that he’d ridden a whole forty kilometres worth of training in the past twelve months, he managed to complete the ride, and “pulled up surprisingly well”.

The Freedom Fondo is a popular annual fundraiser for Pathways Tasmania, who run two accommodation-based programs: Launch Youth, supporting young men aged 13-22 who are homeless or affected by mental health issues, and Live Free, a long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for men aged 16-30. Pathways Tasmania’s vision is empowering these young men to reach their full potential by making positive choices. This year’s ride raised over $30,000 in support of these programs.

The ride is open to everyone, with all entry fees and funds raised going to support Pathways programs Launch Youth and Live Free. Now’s the perfect time to start training for the 2016 ride. For more information on the Freedom Fondo or Pathways Tas, check out their website, www.freedomfondo.org.au

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