Pollie Pedal 2017 – Veteran Rider Profile – Michael Hannaford

Michael Hannaford

Michael Hannaford

Name: Michael Hannaford

Age: 37

Did you serve in Army, Navy or Air Force?


When did you serve?


What job role did you undertake? 

I served in the army for a short time in 2002 before being medically discharged from Kapooka during my initial training.

What is your job now? 

In 2006 I joined the New South Wales Police Force and graduated from the Police College in May 2007. I have been stationed at Queanbeyan for the duration of my career and I am currently attached to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command. I have been a member of the Highway Patrol since September 2010.

Why and when did you take up bike riding? 

I have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember. I have participated in most disciplines during my life including BMX racing, mountain biking and road cycling. About 2 years ago I began taking my road cycling more seriously. I had been involved in a critical incident at work and riding gave me something else to focus on. I have found that riding has provided me a way to keep fit, both physically and mentally. I enjoy the social aspect of riding and making new friends, not to mention the coffee stops!

What are you most looking forward to on Pollie Pedal Bike Ride 2017?

I am looking forward to the challenge of the ride itself. Riding 1000 kilometres in eight days is a massive challenge and I am excited for this opportunity.  I am looking forward to raising money and awareness for people suffering from mental illness through Soldier On.


Donate to Michael’s Pollie Pedal Page here – https://polliepedalsoldieringon.everydayhero.com/au/michael