One Ride Away – “This support is going to change their lives”

When the young Ukrainian bike racers fled their country after the Russian invasion, they had to leave nearly everything behind.

Last fall, Lachlan Morton and Mark Padun went to Poland to help deliver bikes to the riders Lachlan met after his ride to the Ukrainian border in 2022.

A bike won’t fix everything, but it offers a piece of normalcy and a vehicle to pursue their sporting dreams.

“I believe this support is going to change their lives,” said Mark Padun, who also had to leave his home in Donetsk at a young age as a result of a Russian attack. “They have the possibility to do whatever they want in cycling.”

A huge thank you to the Polish Cycling Federation, Mark, Lachlan, Cannondale and all those who support those affected by the war.

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