Pine Creek mum Juliet Mills is proudly keeping tabs on her son’s cycling adventure from London to France for Legacy.
The ride is one of many events used to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
The Tour de Legacy sees the Australian volunteer cyclists make an emotional journey through the major European battlefields and memorials of WWI.
Covering up to 1000kms over 8 days, the riders will visit, among others, Menin Gate, Tyne Cot and Mont Saint Quentin memorials, to explore the contribution Australian soldiers made in Europe from 1914 – 1918.
The riders’ epic journey began in London on November 3, and end on Remembrance Day, November 11, with their attendance at The Australian National Memorial Villers-Bretonneux, for the 100 year Centenary Armistice service, and celebration, of the end of WWI.
Mrs Mills said her son Simon, 56, now living in Adelaide, had to raised $10,000 to take part in the ride.
In the Army for seven years, and an former Army Reservist for 20 years, she said her son had been training hard for the ride.
Mrs Mills said her family had strong military ties as her other son, Andrew, had been stationed with the RAAF at the Tindal base for seven years.
The riders hope to raise much needed awareness and funds for the great work Legacy does through the provision of services and support.
The cyclists challenging journey will be interwoven with inspiring Australian stories of war, such as the heroic leadership on the battlefield of Brigadier-General Sir Raymond Lionel Leane, Legacy (Adelaide’s) first President in 1928, and the extraordinary transformation of Australia’s soldiers from an untrained, ill-disciplined army in 1915, into an elite and hardened fighting force, a metamorphosis confirmed by their hard fought victories in 1918 at Hamel, Mont St Quentin and Amiens.
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