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I’m kicking off the 2015 Great Cycle Challenge this week, to do my little bit to raise much-needed research funds to fight kids’ cancer.

My aim this year is to cover 500km or more over the next 31 days, and I’m hoping to raise over $1500. I’ll be blogging about it here, too.

So why am I doing this? Most of you know that we had a brush with the big C a few years back, so it’s our way of giving back to an awesome cancer community.

And because cancer is the single biggest killer of children from disease in Australia.

Every week, 12 Aussie families get the most frightening, crushing, brutal, awful news they’ll ever hear – that their child has cancer. And three kids die of cancer. Every. Single. Week.

Cancer turns up completely unannounced. It gives you no time to prepare, no time to respond.

And the battle with this godawful disease goes on for months and years at a time.

I should know – we’ve been through it, and we’ll deal with the fall-out for a long time to come.

Without continual research and treatment developments that are always going on in the world on paediatric oncology, our life story would be a lot different.

So that’s why I intend to ride 500km over the next month, in the midst of my normal family and work life.

But I really, really need your help. Please, sponsor me to support my challenge and to help our kids. Don’t worry – I’m kicking the tin, too.

To make a donation, simply view my page by clicking on the link below:

All funds raised will support the Children’s Medical Research Institute to continue its work to develop treatments and find a cure for childhood cancers.

And everything over two bucks is tax-deductible. The national tally already stands at nearly $900,000 before a wheel has been turned, and the Great Cycle Challenge has raised more than $3 million since kicking off in 2013.

Thanks for your support. Keep an eye on the blog, too – I’ll make it entertaining. If I can!


We touched on the notion of the gravel bike in the last issue; in essence, it looks like a road bike with fatter tyres. The differences are more marked than that, of course, but it’s a pretty good summation.

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Did I even post a pic of the completed Bianchi? I’m such an idiot… dark grey Ultegra all the way through, with a Dura Ace rear mech and sexy-as Fulcrum Zero wheels that are dead sexy. Hope BB. Carbon pedals. 46cm bars. Mmm.

Ignore the goofy bar tilt and dodgy tape job. They’re fixed now.

Thinking happy thoughts

September 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

Saturday 15 September

KM: 50

Bike: C2C

Jersey: Spearmans

Time started: 0714

Time I should have started: 0700

Time home: 0930

Time ridden: 2 hours 15 ish

Weather: Bathed in angels

Smell: clean

Coffee: Next time – quick home brew before chores

Soundtrack: idle chat

Enjoyed: the whole thing

Didn’t enjoy: dilly-dallying a bit much

I want to change: my garage

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