Clocking up the kilometres for charity

Dylan Kaulins plans to raise $6,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charity and he is currently accepting any donations, big or small, on his Ride for Sick Kids fundraising page.
Dylan Kaulins plans to raise $6,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charity and he is currently accepting any donations, big or small, on his Ride for Sick Kids fundraising page.

Five years ago Dylan Kaulins had never even sat on a road bike, now the dedicated cyclist is taking his talents to Adelaide after being accepted into a development team.

But first he plans to clock up the kilometres on a ride for the Ronald McDonald House charity (RMHC).

The 2019 RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA 'Adelaide 1000' challenges cyclists to ride 1,000 kilometres across regional South Australia.

The charity helps families by reducing the financial burden of travelling to Adelaide with their children for treatment and gives them immediate access to a support network.

Dylan completed the challenge last year, raising $6,000 for families requiring temporary accommodation.

"This year I have more of a personal connection," he said,

"I had a family member in Alice Springs who needed to go to Adelaide because her child was sick, so we told them to get onto Ronald McDonald house and it just made things a lot more affordable for them."

The House relies upon community support and fundraising in order to provide support services to hundreds of families every year.

Just $50 will keep the cupboards stocked with pantry and household items, while $100 can provide a family with a room for the night.

Dylan has been preparing for the gruelling trek with a strict training schedule.

He also competes regularly in Whyalla, where he was recently named the A Grade Road Cycling Champion.

"It means a fair bit to me," he said about the achievement.

"Four years ago I was just starting out and I was one of the slowest, but everyone in the club has noticed how far I've come in that time."

In fact, Dylan has come so far that after he completes his high school education at the end of this year he will be relocating to Adelaide to follow his dreams of becoming a professional cyclist.

He joins Van D'am Racing, South Australia's only elite under 25 cycling team.

The 18-year-old completed his first race with the team last weekend, placing third on the podium.

"It's the next step in my career," Dylan said.

"I'm excited to move down there next year to get to know all the routes and get some more races in."

Donations for Dylan's RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA 'Adelaide 1000' can be made through his fundraising page.