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Cycling 4000km for The Animal Sanctuary

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Challenges category by Michael Cannon

$720 donated

Given by 17 generous donors in 8 weeks


To raise money to support the on-going work The Animal Sanctuary carries out

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Hi all!

On July 27th Michael Cannon and Daniel Welch will be competing in the Transcontinental Cycle Race 2019 (TCR #07), a 4000km bicycle race that spans the European Continent. For those that aren’t too familiar with this race, The Transcontinental is a little different to your standard cycling event. Here is a little synopsis of what is involved…

What is the Transcontinental?

The TCR is a self-supported ultra-endurance bikepacking race that spans continental Europe. Now in it’s 7th edition, it involves:

• No Support – Racers can only use what they take with them, or what they can find en-route at commercially available services.

• Route – There is no defined route on the race. Riders will start in Bulgaria and pass 4 mandatory checkpoints across 7 countries and 4000km, finishing in west France. The rest is up to them.

• One stage – The clock never stops. Racers chose where, when and if at all to rest.

What’s the target?

In 2016 the pair completed the race in a time of 14 Days, 23 Hours and 18 Minutes.

This year, however, they have an ambitious target of winning the “pairs” category with a completion time of 10-11 days – that’s roughly 400km a day! Not to mention going over the Alps, and having to find food throughout. It will certainly be a challenge!

How can you help?


This year the pair have kindly decided to raise money for “Animal Sanctuary”, a small animal charity based in Auckland New Zealand. They have chosen to support the great work the charity does in an effort to give something back to the region having lived between Melbourne and Auckland for the last two years.

The charity seeks to locate, home and support abused animals from all walks of life – two legged to four legged, native and exotic, warm and cold bloodied. They now have over 100 animals on their farm and continue to grow!

To learn more about the great work the charity does and to get involved visit

How can I follow their progress?

Through the miracle of modern satellite technology you can check up on riders progress wherever they may be. Once they have their Race cap number and tracker details this page will be updated so you can follow their adventure in real time as they cycle through Europe.

You can also follow the pair on facebook by searching for “Challenges4Change” and on Instagram by following “PlantfuelledAthlete”

Alongside this, I myself shall be staying at The Animal Sanctuary for around 7-10 days to lend a hand and document how your money really does make a difference! So look our for some super cute animals along the way.

Thanks for reading :)

Mike, Dan (& Toni)

Michael Cannon's involvement (page creator)

We wanted to give something back to NZ during our stay here for the last year and a half. The idea of fundraising for a smaller organisation like The Animal Sanctuary really stood out for us, especially as we have heard great things about them!

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  • Derek

    Derek on 06 Aug 2019


    Well done Mike. Amazing effort. Lots of love from Aulay, Isla, Sarah and Derek


  • Samineh

    Samineh on 03 Aug 2019



  • Kushil

    Kushil on 01 Aug 2019


    Good luck Mike! That's definitely one hell of a challenge.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 29 Jul 2019


    Good luck. May this be a rewarding journey.


  • Monique

    Monique on 28 Jul 2019



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