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Riding around the hills is kinda crazy, but let's do it
For the 7th consecutive year, Ride Like Crazy returns to the Adelaide cycling calendar for the annual cycling event in honour of Senior Sergeant Mick "Crazy" Koerner and to help raise funds for charity.
In October 2008 Senior Sergeant Koerner of the South Australia Police was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. His work colleagues and friends established a cycling event called Ride Like Crazy in January 2009 when more than 600 riders took part in this inaugural event. Senior Sergeant Koerner unfortunately passed away in November 2009, but since then there has been over 10,000 riders take part in the annual event and funds raised have been in excess of $800,000.
Ride Like Crazy is a community cycling event that is supported by the South Australian Police. With an escort from the start line at the Unley Shopping Centre up until the South Eastern Freeway, and Police at nearly every corner, riders are well looked after on this event.
The traditional long ride distance of 107km is supplemented by several options for riders. For those not wishing to do the out an back trek to Nairne, a bypass enables you to travel along the Onkaparinga Valley and to rejoin the main group at Woodside. And for those wishing to increase their ride distance and challenge, a diversion up the beloved Corkscrew Road adds a few hundred metres to the day's elevation.
And if your legs aren't ready for 100km yet, then the shorter 50km ride distance commences from the Woodside refreshment station. All rides finish at Unley Oval where there is food and drink stalls (free for participants), music, photo opportunities and some kids activities.
Little known fact : Since 2009, the Mt Lofty Scout Group have been providing refreshments and nibbles at the drinks station in Crafers. Drop and say hello to the local scouts, and thank them for their support.