Getting to see Australia's beautiful West Coast, lose some calories and raise money for a fantastic cause was enough motivation for Trafalgar's owner John Rakic to sign up for TourXOz.

The gruelling eight day cycling event begins in Perth and ends in Broome (WA).

"Mental Health is a big concern for us globally and all of us know someone who has suffered, is suffering or worst of all has ended their life prematurely as they could not cope any longer," Rakic said.

He joined around 60 riders and completed the scenic ride in hot and blustery conditions on rough road surfaces up the West Coast.

But best of all Rakic exceeded his personal target of $10,000 and all up the TourXOz Group, which was started by a group of friends on Sydney's Northern Beaches, raised over $320,000 (so far).

The proceeds go to the Black Dog Institute to help with ongoing research into mental health.

Rakic said that creating awareness for this cause and talking openly with others who have fought and won their own personal battles against "The Black Dog" was definately the highlight of the tour.

Rakic is an avid cyclist and has raised well over $100,000 in the last five years for charities such as "Youth off the Streets", "Black Dog Institute" & "The Smith Family" just to name a few.

Donations are still open at

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