BENNETT Powell can't wait for his second attempt at riding in the Tour de Cure next March.
He rode in 2017 in Cairns, but the second time around will be a little different - not only will it be from Newcastle to Noosa, but he will have mum Trish by his side.
"Mum's coming on it with me and that's a good thing she gets to ride with us, someone's got to keep me under control," he said.
Powell enjoyed the fact the tour allowed people to mix with different personalities while also learning new things about each and every individual throughout the 1100-kilometre trek.
"The tour is a welcoming community because you're riding with people who are nearly the same fitness as you," he said.
"You get to raise money for charity along the way, you stop at schools and tell people to be fit, be healthy and be happy."
Preparation for such a gruelling nine-day tour isn't easy.
"In a week I will probably do two or three hundred kays on the bike easy," Powell said.
"You eventually get used to it, but you have to work on your fitness levels so you don't get as tired on the days of the tour."
Most importantly, the 27-year-old admits it's important to simply have fun.
"I get enjoyment out of it; you hear other cancer stories people have had and you get to ride and see new places you've never seen before," he said.
Powell will be joined by a number of Hastings locals on the ride including Mel Cockshutt, Lyn Stewart, Greg Laws, Mitchell Johnson and Judy Ferries.
Between now and March they aim to raise $100,000 for cancer research.
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