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Cycling to support the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

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Given by 36 generous donors in 16 days


I am entering the 2018 Lake Taupo Cycling Challenge to help raise funding for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

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I am an early career researcher at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (University of Auckland). Our Biomechanics for Breast Imaging Group recently received funding from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) to develop and implement an innovative breast image analysis technology to help clinicians detect and treat breast cancer. We are hoping this new technology will help improve outcomes for breast cancer patients.

I am taking up the 2018 Lake Taupo Cycling Challenge to help raise funding for the NZBCF. This is an effort to give a little back to this great organisation and to thank them, not only for supporting our research, but also for helping improve the lives of those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Training highlights

- Bought a bike and started training in March 2018

- 189 training rides covering 5000 km, ~202 total hrs, ~48,700 m elevation gain (

Race info:

- 24 Nov

- Entered the 75 km half lake event (

- Aiming to finish in < 2 hrs 45 mins! (top 25 % based on previous year male 19-34 age group results)

Please consider contributing (sent directly to NZBCF's bank account)

Thank you for your support!


Prasad Babarenda Gamage's involvement (page creator)

Our research group received a Collaborate and Innovate in Breast Cancer grant in 2017 from the NZBCF. This research aimed to create a new interdisciplinary collaboration between the Biomechanics for Breast Imaging group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the Department of Radiology at Auckland City Hospital.

Our research group website:

Latest update

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Success!  26 November 2018

Posted by: Prasad Babarenda Gamage

Just wanted to give an update on the 73 km half the lake challenge results:

- 9/70 for my age group (male 19-34)

- Top 13%

- 2 hr 22 mins (23 mins faster than goal)

- 30.8 km/hr avg speed

- 83/960 for all half lake gender/age groups

Thanks very much for all your support!

A big shout out to my cycling sensei Mario for all the help over the past year, and for supporting me at the race - couldn't have done it without you!

Until next year!

Best wishes,


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Latest donations

  • Indrani & Princess

    Indrani & Princess on 29 Nov 2018


    Donation for NZ Brest Cancer Foundation


  • Wendy

    Wendy on 27 Nov 2018


    Great job Prasad! A whole year of training paid off well! Keep up the good work :D


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 26 Nov 2018


    Good job, Prasad!


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 26 Nov 2018



  • Mahyar

    Mahyar on 26 Nov 2018


    You are the most hardcore cyclist I have ever known man! All the best!


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