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Army March 1, 2012
LAC Bill Solomou
FIVE members of the Australian
Defence Cycling Club (ADCC)
will represent the ADF in the
inaugural Tour of Duty fund-
raising recreational road cycling
event starting in Echuca on
WO2 Neil McCallum, of
ADFA, and Sgt Daniel Ferguson,
of 1RTB, will join LS Susanne
Peterson, of HMAS Kuttabul,
Air Force Cpl Gavin McMahon,
of 1RTU, and LAC Stanislaw
Filipek, of 81 Sqn, along with
45 other cyclists from all over
Australia for the 400km four-day
ride.They will ride via Bendigo,
Castlemaine, Maryborough and
Ballarat to finish at Melton on
March 28 to raise money for
the National Vietnam Veterans
Museum at Phillip Island,
WO2 McCallum comes from
a boxing and running background
but, because of injuries, took up
cycling as a way of keeping fit.
"I needed to do something that
was less harsh on the body and
describe myself more as a social,
fun rider," WO2 McCallum said.
He is no stranger to distance
riding, averaging about 100km a
day, and earlier this year he com-
pleted the 200km Alpine Classic
in 8hr 6min.
His main focus is on train-
ing for a 24-hour solo bike ride
around Lake Burley Griffin in
November to raise money for
"With a support group from
ADFA I am hoping to raise
$60,000 for Legacy starting at
11am on November 10 and finish-
ing at 11am on November 11,"
In the interim he said he was
looking forward to the Victorian
"This is a great cause and I'm
happy to be involved."
Sgt Ferguson was informed of
the ride by a friend.
"I contacted the ADCC and
they were happy to have me on
board," Sgt Ferguson said.
"I have several friends com-
peting in the event."
He said he had completed vari-
ous one-day events, but nothing
over four days.
ADCC treasurer Mark
Duty calls for tourer
Defence riders join cycling event to raise funds for the National Vietnam Veterans Museum
THE Australian Defence Cycling Club, with the assis-
tance of the Defence Sports Council has this year
embarked upon its biggest venture to support and
promote cycling in the Defence community.
This initiative aims to raise awareness and par-
ticipation in cycling as sport in Defence and support
members to compete at national events.
Support is available for a wide range of events
including road racing, mountain bike races, track rac-
ing and events such as the Around the Bay ride in
It is hoped the club can help develop new cyclists
at the grassroots level into future champions.
Full details on the supported events and how to apply are
available on the ADCC website at www.adcc.asn.au
THE National Vietnam Veterans Museum is the only
Museum of its kind in Australia covering a specific
period in Australia's military history.
The collection of about 6000 artefacts exists to
permanently record Australia's longest commitment
to any war to date. It presents the story of Australia's
military involvement at a time of deep division among
the Australian population over compulsory conscrip-
tion for national service.
This nationally recognised museum is dedicated
to preserving and displaying photographs, memora-
bilia, vehicles and aircraft that accurately detail the
history of Australian involvement in the Vietnam War
from 1962 to 1972.
Located on Phillip Island in Victoria, the museum
was officially opened in March 2007. From its initial
concept -- a Land Rover and trailer touring Australia
in the 1990s -- the museum now includes an Ah-1F
Hueycobra complete with a 20mm Gatling gun, TOW
launchers and rocket pods, a Centurion tank, Wessex
chopper, 105mm howitzer and several Land Rovers.
Croonen said the main reason the
club decided to support the Tour
of Duty ride was to strengthen its
connection to veterans.
"The organisers were keen to
have current ADF members ride
alongside the veterans as a way of
reinforcing the bonds between the
past and present ADF members,"
Mr Croonen said.
Tour of Duty organiser Peter
Liefman said the concept for the
ride originated from an idea he
and a few of his West Gippsland
cycling group mates came up with
and the inspiration for the event
came from America.
"It's based on the Soldier
Ride, which is an initiative of the
Wounded Warrior Project," Mr
He said 20 Vietnam veterans
would be among the 50 riders and
they were hoping to raise $15,000
"Accommodation, food and
support are being provided by vet-
erans along the way through their
networks and sub-branches".
Each day's ride will be broken
into four easy stages with vehicle
support and mechanical and first
aid assistance en route and at the
rest stops. Overnight stays will
be in Bendigo, Maryborough and
There will also be an optional
ceremonial stage at Philip Island,
where the National Vietnam
Veterans Museum will host all rid-
More information on the ride can be
found at http://vetride.org/
To support ADF members go to the ADCC
website at http://www.adcc.asn.au/
On yer bike: WO2 Neil McCallum, of ADFA, hits the road to train for the Tour of Duty fundraising
ride later this month.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
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