In an initiative conjured by herself, Burns will ride from her home town of Woolongong (NSW) to Melbourne (VIC) along the east coast of the country starting August 28th, the ride expected to take 7 days, riding 120-150km per day.
In a cause close to Burns’ heart, she hopes her ride will pay tribute to her Dad who passed away from the disease in 2005.
“My dad passed away 10 years ago from bowel cancer and I've recently been looking to do something to help raise awareness and funding for a great cause,” Burns said
“It’s been in the planning stages for a while now so I’m looking forward to it coming around.”
Burns said initially it was just going to be her and her brother to take on the journey but she will now do the ride with a group of six other riders and a support van driver who are expected to cover 120-150km per day.
Erin Burns in action for the Cripps Tasmanian Roar
Burns, who has played 81 matches for the Cripps Tasmanian Roar after debuting in 2009, had a solid season in 2014-15 after a knee injury hampered her previous season.
Through her rehab program for this injury she found that cycling was a good alternative to strengthen her knee as she looked to remain fit and active.
“Since I have had issues with my knee I have been looking to get into another sport that doesn't involve lots of running,” Burns said.
“I have been told by my specialist that cycling would be good to help strengthen the knee in a low impact environment.
“Being the off season now it's also giving me something to train for and keep fit outside of cricket.
“At the moment I'm cycling five times a week, shorter rides between 40-60kms throughout the week and building up to longer rides in excess of 100km on the weekends as well as doing regular gym sessions.”
We wish Erin and her team all the best for their ride in what will be a phenomenal achievement.