Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:21 pm

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Hi All,

On 4th May 2013 twelve intrepid riders will set off from the Storey Bridge in Brisbane and cycle ONE THOUSAND Kilometres to arrive at Sydney Harbour Bridge on the 11th May. The planned route will follow the New England Highway with overnight stops at Warwick, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Scone, and Morisett.

Funds raised from the event will be donated to the Cure for Life Foundation. This money will go towards advancing brain tumour treatments and research.

http://www.cureforlife.org.au

The ride coincides with Brain Cancer Action Week, which runs from 4th May until 10th May. The cyclists will be dropping into schools and Councils during the ride to spread the word about the work being done by this fantastic foundation in helping people who are affected by these terrible brain cancers.


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I am just posting to raise awareness of this ride and the cause. I have signed up for this fantastic event (check out the rider list on the website). I am absolutely excited for it and have started plans for both training and fundraising.

My fundraising page on EverydayHero will be set up shortly. I will also be creating a blog where I plan to write about my training, fundraising and the ride itself.

Will post up the links here once they are set up.

Thanks everyone and safe cycling,
Rob
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby brinkerz128 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:15 pm

Well done Rob, that is one hell of a ride!
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:55 am

Thanks! Fundraising is going well and the training is on track (roughly - the wet February Brisbane had made for soggy training days).

Looking forward to the adventure and fighting the good fight.
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby Dan » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:31 am

brinkerz128 wrote:Well done Rob, that is one hell of a ride!


+1 - makes our ±400km seem like a (st)roll :)
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby elantra » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:54 pm

brinkerz128 wrote:Well done Rob, that is one hell of a ride!


+1.

If the route follows the New England HWY then it will probably be slightly more than a thousand Km.
Especially considering some extra Km would be likely if using lesser traffic roads between Morisett and Sydney Harbour bridge.
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:40 am

Thanks everyone. Yeah i do think we will probably notch up over 1,000km - There will be some extra distances when we pull into each town and take the backroads etc.
I am not too worried about the distance really (we are aiming for about 120kms a day) but more the fatigue and tiredness of riding those kms for 8 days straight. I bought a fancy foam roller and have been doing stretching most days to avoid any muscle injuries.

That being said, the first day of the ride is Brisbane to Warwick (150kms) up the Cunninghams gap climb. So thats one way to seperate the men from the boys from the crying babies. Wonder which group i'll be in :)
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby Dan » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:48 pm

Based on your effort this morning rob, I think you'll make Sydney a full day ahead of everyone else...
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby munga » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:56 pm

pack a cocktail maker, 'coz you'll have plenty of free time waiting for the other guys each day.

great cause. i'll sling you some coin.
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Postby munga » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:56 pm

pack a cocktail maker, 'coz you'll have plenty of free time waiting for the other guys each day.

great cause. i'll sling you some coin.
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:58 pm

Thanks guys. Great ride today - felt like summer again! Afternoon storm too! We should do it again.
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby elantra » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:41 pm

Hi Rob, was good to meet you on saturday morning riverloop ride http://m.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=53763&start=1325

The next day i had quite a fun ride along the old New England highway from Dalveen to Stanthorpe, a distance of about 22 km, and return
This is beside the new highway and would probably be worth considering as an alternative to actually riding on the Highway for this section.

Now the bad news, yesterday i drove back to Brisbane from Warwick.
In 30 years of driving this stretch of road it was the slowest trip ever. (Except for the time my old Corona had engine failure)
There was heaps of traffic, much of it noisy B doubles with pantech or tipping trailers.

There was about ten places where there were traffic controllers at Roadworks.
At most of these points there were large tailbacks at the Stop sign.
Most of the traffic control was between the Kalbar turnoff and Warwick, especially between Aratula and the start of Cunningham's Gap.

That will certainly add to the challenge unfortunately mate.
Dunno if it will be much better by the time your event commences.
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:35 pm

Thanks for the update Elantra. Appreciate the heads up.

Ill pass it onto Randal the ride organiser - he might be able to do a reroute in spots.
But sounds like we might be "stuck in traffic" for abit on the first day :)
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:07 pm

Not long to go now! Saw Glenn Innes got down to -5 degrees last weekend :(

(did i mention i dont like the cold? dang)
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Fri May 03, 2013 1:24 pm

We set off on the long but fun journey to Sydney tomorrow. You may spot us on the Story Bridge around 6am, heading south towards Rocklea before joinin the motorway at Goodna. From there it's lunch in Ipswich, onto the Cunningham Highway, up over the gap and into Warwick.

Ill try and keep my blog updated with some photos/words. Eventually ill post them on here too. See you all in a week!
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby munga » Fri May 03, 2013 2:20 pm

we're riding over to see you off at 6am, Rob!
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Fri May 03, 2013 4:33 pm

Awesome! We'll be outside All Hallows school on Kemp Place from 5:30 packing the van and taking photos. Due to ride off over the bridge at 6-6:15am. Stay as long/short as you want, dont want to hold you up. See you then guys :)
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby Pax » Fri May 03, 2013 6:29 pm

Good luck. All power to your legs!! I'm looking forward to the report!
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Re: Bridge 2 Bridge Cycle Charity Ride 2013

Postby RobM » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:20 am

Thought i should update this thread -

The ride went really well, It all seems like a distant dream but every now and then I see something that reminds me of the week of pain & pleasure that the ride entailed.

Full debrief on my blog:
http://freewheelcyclingblog.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/2013-bridge2bridge-wrap-up-and-photo.html
There are also day-by-day wrap ups in previous posts.

AND we just got this video produced which gives you a little taste of the adventure.
http://youtu.be/HVcNE7VIhM8




If any of you are looking for a challenge and a sense of acheivement - i seriously recommend joining these guys next year and live the adventure for yourself.

Cheers
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