What is the current situation regarding Covid-19 and the Ride?

We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation on a daily basis and taking advice from State and Federal Government authorities. Currently, the Ride will go ahead on 10 and 11 October 2020 except this year you will be riding your 200kms your way. You can choose how and where you ride and we will still be here to support you all the way to your finish line.

In 2020, you can be as inventive as you like as to where and how you ride your 200km. You could do it on a stationary bike on a mine site up north. You could do it along the coast down south. You could do it with your family relay style. You can even ride with your team mates (abiding by social distancing guidelines) and stay over night somewhere to replicate the full camp experience. Whatever way you want to crush your 200km – we’re here to support you.

This is a dynamic situation that we are monitoring closely and we will keep you informed of any changes. Our main priority is to mitigate any risk to you, our amazing supporters. The Ride is so important to help fight cancer and we will continue to provide you with the latest information about the virus and how it may impact this event. Thank you for your patience and understanding but most importantly for your steadfast commitment to the MACA Cancer 200 Challenge.

What is the current medical advice about COVID19?

From a medical perspective, most of us - even if we become infected - will have a relatively minor respiratory illness. However, we have an important duty of care not to spread it. This is especially relevant to immunocompromised patients and those undergoing cancer treatment or who have underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes.

This is the advice we are following here at the Perkins.

  • Soap and water. The single most valuable thing each of us can do is wash our hands with soap and water for about 30 seconds often (I sing Happy Birthday twice through). COVID-19 is a relatively puny and labile virus, so take satisfaction with the destruction you are wreaking upon it with your soap and water or hand sanitiser.  
  • Elbow bumps. Start practicing elbow bumps, ankle taps or bows instead of handshakes or hugs. It’s cool to keep a little distance. 
  • Don’t "soldier on”.  If you have symptoms and are feeling unwell, it is important to confirm or refute the diagnosis and stay out of circulation until you do. This includes not training with friends or teammates.
  • Masks. Wearing a typical surgical type mask will not protect you from the virus. The only mask said to protect from the virus is an N95 version, which are not readily available in supermarkets and shops. People who need to wear a mask in public are those who have the disease or those being tested for the virus because they have symptoms. Their primary use is to limit droplet spread of the virus.

If you think you are displaying any of the symptoms, please consider going to one of the three WA COVID19 clinics, where you will be seen by doctors who can assess if you should be tested for the virus. If you are tested, then it’s very important that you self-isolate UNTIL YOU KNOW THE RESULT. If you do have the disease, then the medical teams will look after you. For most patients, it will be self-isolation at home because the illness is mild and resolves without any major issues.

Thank you for your support and stay healthy!

More information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found via www.health.gov.au including the following publication:


How do I register for the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research? 

Registering is easy. Click HERE , fill out the form and we will be in touch to get you on your fundraising journey.

What is included in my registration?

By registering for the 2020 challenge you gain entry to the event, a fundraising page, an event guide and tips on fundraising. You will also be happier knowing that your helping Researchers at the Perkins make breakthroughs.

When is the ride?

The MACA Cancer 200 Challenge is on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October, 2020.

How far is the ride?

200km. You can break your challenge up into 2 days or do it all in 1. You can make it long, or short, with friends, a relay, a mountain bike or solo somewhere on your bucket list.

Is there support along the ride route?

No sorry. This is an exciting personal challenge. You pick your own route, set your target and go get it.

Don’t forget to prepare your bike, your body and have lots of snack stops planned. Hit up your Team Captain with some route ideas or locations for team supporters to stop and help refuel.

What about my bike?

Your ride home is your bike, so invest wisely in a pre-ride service.

200km over 2 days is a long way on a squeak, squeak or a rub, rub or a hiss, hiss. Don’t forget your pump and spare inner tube.

Should I bring water or food on event day?

Doing it your way means where you eat is up to you.

We recommend you take a break often and eat to keep the energy up.

Try a cheeky café stop at 20 km, a selfie and protein bar at 40km, another café for light lunch at 60km – you are on the downhill. The 80km is celebration time so reach into your bag and bring out the banana. The last 20 km is fueled by joy- you're almost home.

Get ready and you can do that again on Sunday.

Will there be a challenge route?

Yes. You can plan your own challenge route.

You could take in some of Perth’s Hills like Kalamunda and the Zig Zag.

Maybe catch a train to Mandurah and ride back along the coast.

Fancy a dam or 2, how about Wungon return for 80km, or 200km to Wellington Dam in Collie. Or closer to home, 5 times the old faithful River loop.

What if I get injured?

We hope you don’t, but accidents do happen. For emergencies call 000.
The Perkins is not liable for personal injuries sustained whilst participating in the 2020 challenge event.

Given there's no hosted event this year, do I get a refund for my registration?

Absolutely! If you would like a refund for your 2020 fee or credit your registration fee as a donation. You just need to let us know what you want us to do. Give Steve an email at ride@perkins.org.au

Want to talk to the team?

If you’ve got questions we haven’t answered here, call the team on 08 6151 0759 or email ride@perkins.org.au

Where can I find more information?

Download our Event Guide for a wrap up of what's on and how your going to fundraise for the Perkins. 

Download here 


200km is a long way. Will I be able to ride that far?

The Ride is not a race. You are encouraged to take it at your own pace as people of all abilities and fitness levels take part. You could do the 200km over 2 days or all in 1 day. A little training and preparation and you can do it.

I’ve never ridden that far. Should I train?

We encourage you to train for the Maca Cancer 200 Challenge, because it’s a tough distance – but you’re tougher. Why not boost your fitness!
Read our training page with tips and guides to help you go from couch to cycle legend here.

How to record your 200km and training rides.

How do I log my kilometres on my fundraising page with my device or manually?

Download our " How to log your Km's guide" here.

Your profile page includes your personal distance tally so you can track your distance towards your target. This is a great way to keep your friends updated on your workouts!

If you track your workouts with Fitbit, MapMyFitness or Strava your distances will automatically add to your tally.

Follow these steps to track your KMs automatically:

1. Download the Fitbit, Strava or MapMyFitness app and set up your account

2. Log in to your Maca Cancer 200 Challenge account.

3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app.

4. Follow the prompts to connect your account

5. When you next work out, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end your workout, save your workout and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and re-connect it.
When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not automatically add to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.

When using MapMyFitness, you must ‘start’ your workout, ‘stop’ your workout and then ‘SAVE’ your workout.

Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.

Remember, you can manually add your kilometres to the tally in your My Fitness Activity tab of your profile after registering. This is a great option if you’re using a pedometer or a different method of tracking your distances.

Follow these steps to manually add your KMs:

1. Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’

2. Under ‘Add activity’, enter the date and distance

3. The number of KMs will now appear on your fundraising page!

What is the Maca Cancer 200 Strava Club?

You can join other riders on the Maca Cancer 200 Strava Club, see here.

Get social and check out what other riders are doing. Look up your statistics on leader boards, get inspiration for training rides or compare your ride against your friends.

To Find a Club.

  1. Hover over the 'Explore' tab at the top of the page and select 'Clubs' from the drop-down menu that appears.
  2. On the next page, you can search for Maca Cancer 200 Strava Club in Perth.
  3. Join by clicking the join button.

You will receive notifications in Strava from the club, but not other Club members unless you follow them.

Give kudos to your team mates on Strava or check out their ride pics.


How can I support my rider on the ride?

We welcome Family supporters and well-wishers. You can cheer them on when they start or finish or arrange a pitstop for them.

If you’re out and about please set up on the roadside for cheering your loved one.

Rider Safety is our chief concern. You cannot follow behind riders at slow pace, you must abide road rules.

It’s a tough ride but your enthusiasm and smiling face will make it all worthwhile.

How do I volunteer for the event?

Being a volunteer is an important role. Volunteers help behind the scenes, helping riders stay positive and keep the participants going with their cheerful support!
If you’d like to be a part of the Maca Cancer 200 ride, please email volunteer@perkins.org.au

The more the merrier, so get your friends and family involved!