Andrew Blake

NSW Ride 2019

2 flat tyres - uber take me home!

Hi All,

Time flies as in just over 3 weeks I'll be flying down to Melbourne to start my Chain Reaction cycling adventure to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation. 

Last weekend's training
For the past couple of months, my weekends have been dedicated around training. Last weekend I was ready to go for a big ride, I left home at 6AM on Sunday morning and met up with two guys at Centennial Park. I love to start my training in Centennial Park as it's flat and has a great atmosphere. Anyhow, we started riding and I noticed was wrong with my bike.. a flat tyre! Lucky I had two little CO2 cartridges to inflate my tyre and all seemed to be back to normal again. Perfect!

We continued our ride and guess what.. after 30 minutes of cycling another flat tyre! The only thing I could do now is to order an Uber and to take my bike in the Uber for him to drop me back home after only 45 mins of riding...

I guess you can image at this point I was a little bit (read: heaps!) frustrated, however I dont' give up easily so after I came home I cycled on my bike there for a good 1.5 hrs and finished my training. All in all a good training.

That's the thing with cycling, you have to deal with flat tyres, wet weather, busy roads but it's up to you to make the most out of it! And that's also the quote of today! 

To everyone that have donated already, thank you so much. You are a vital part in my cycling journey and I really appreciate your generosity. 

If you haven't donated yet, please do so (click on donate top right). A lot of sick kids are counting on me and it would be amazing to reach my fundraising goal of $5,000! All little bits help.

Thanks everyone, stay tuned for my new blog next week!

Andrew Blake

This week: My motto, endurance events & my interest for different sports.

My motto is: 

“When they say you can't, they show you their limits, not yours.” – Kevin Keenoo

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me quite a few questions about my training and my love for sports and races and I would like to share it with you. 

Endurance events

Whether it is an event or just something that I want to do personally I love a long distance challenge.

Last year weighing at 100kgs, I decided to take on the coast to coast in NZ 243km of cycling, running and kayaking. Surprisingly I still managed to maintain my strength despite my 6 month prep training program, benching 150kgs to 170kgs during that time.

It was an epic event with 5 hours of running over the mountain of nz, but at 100kgs it wasn’t great for my body.

Other events on the bucket list are

* The Big Red Run which is a 250km run through the Simpson Desert. 
* The Kuranda to Port Douglas Trail Ultra Marathon looks amazing as does the Glasshouse 199 and The Great North Walk

Cycling

As running is hard on the joints when you weigh 100kg cycling is also a great option. 

I frequently bike ride around 148kms on a Sunday from Sydney to Palm Beach and obviously with Chain Reaction this year I intend on cycling from Melbourne to Sydney to see that part of the world (I usually fly it!) 

It’s also nice to cycle around the Blue Mountains if you live in the Sydney area. 

Long Distance Ski

I know we are not as known for our snow fields here in Australia, but it is a great way to see a different side to the country.

Thredbo, Falls Creek and Perisher are all nice ski fields. I intent on taking  on Vasaloppet sometime(Swedish for 'the Vasa-race') an annual long distance cross-country ski race  90 km. 

Outrigger and Kayaking

Twice a week I head out on either my outrigger or surf ski and paddle around the harbour. Sometimes I'll go out in the windy conditions to catch some nice wave runners into Rose Bay. 

My favourite is paddling from Rose Bay to Glebe - nothing better than seeing the Opera house and Sydney Harbour Bridge from a different angle . We are just so lucky to have these so we may as well make the most of them. It's also good to get on the back of a wave from the Ferry too. 

His Tips for Cycling in Sydney

1. One of my main rides is from Double Bay heading through the city up over the Sydney Harbour bridge on the bike lane. Then ride up the pacific hwy up to Hornsby - this is a busy road so you want to get up their early.

2. Once you hit Hornsby - Take the three gorges ride which starts and finishes in Hornsby. The three gorges are Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters and Bobbin Head. It’s a tough ride with over 1,100 vertical metres of climbing.

3. Climbing up Berowra Waters Road the view across Berowra Creek, with stunning rock formations, trees and water. The creek has a lot of history, as well as Berowra Waters itself (though it is brutal in parts—many indigenous people in the area succumbed to smallpox within weeks of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788).

4. Once back Hornsby, head towards Mount White This ride has a decent amount of climbing in the ride, climbing just over 2,000 metres during the ride.

5. Then head towards Woy Woy to catch the ferry over to Palm beach. This is a great highlight of the ride coming into Palm beach. 

6. Then I usually have a quick refuel at Palm beach before heading back along the northern beaches back to Double Bay!

Only less than 6 weeks until Chain Reaction Ride!

Wow. Time flies...! In less than 6 weeks I will be riding the Chain Reaction Ride on behalf of Intermain.

The 2019 Chain Reaction NSW Challenge will take me north from Melbourne to Sydney for 7 days and 1000 kilometres of fantastic and challenging cycling.

Each day this event will presents a new peak to conquer, including some of the best climbs in the Victorian Alps: Mt Hotham and Mt Buller, eventually myself and the peloton will cross the Snowy Mountains into NSW and will bring the event home with a finish in the Sydney CBD. 

Next to this being a very exciting & challenging ride, I will, on behalf of Intermain, be conquering these km's to, above all, raise funds for the Starlight Foundation, to support sick kids in need. When a bright life becomes dulled by needles, hospital visits and painful treatments, Starlight helps sick kids forget their illness and re-discover the joy of childhood. 

Please help us support kids in need! 

Thank you for your support.

Andrew Blake on behalf of Intermain

Thank you to my donors

Andrew Johnson

AB - glad to be able to help out and support such a great cause. Wish there was room on the team - maybe next year...

$510

Intermain

Great work Andrew - proud of you!

$500

Reg Aung Thein

Good Luck Blakey!!!

$300

Gordon & Maree Paton

Hope you enjoy Mitta Valley tomorrow

$260

Peter Langford

Hi Andrew good luck mate, helping others is a great thing. may your ass recovery swiftly

$260

Nick Deeks

Your'e a champ. Remember slow and steady wins the race. Don't come out of the gate like a greyhound Nick

$260

Ireena - Pro It

Ride Blakey Ride, what an awesome and selfless thing to do, champion

$260

Dinesh Pillutla

$208

Samuel Kalanderian

Great work Andrew 💪👍👌

$208

Stuart Blake

$200

Frank Tearle

Great cause. Might join you one year!!

$200

Fortius

$200

Jason Sultana

$156

Brittany Bennett

Good Luck Mr B!!

$156

Lachlan Furnell

Wow mate tough ride but we are all sure your up to it, you certainly look fit enough. Enjoy the journey we look forward to the regular updates. Best Regards Lachy and the team

$104

Tim Valtwies

Good Luck with it Blakey, get some Aussie Butt Cream for the thigh chaffing (or lose the thighs)

$104

Edy Bianco

Lots of sick kids are counting on you.

$104

Dko Digital

Sponsored by Digital Knockout!

$104

Michael Hopwood

Good luck mate!

$104

Scott Nixon

Make sure you have a go AB Good luck pal!

$104

Will Crutchley

Well done Andrew good luck

$104

Belinda Green

Ride hard Andrew and enjoy!

$104

Mel Edwards

Hey Andrew, Best of luck for the ride. Definitely a big feat that Im sure you will smash for a great cause. Regards Mel.

$104

Tim

Good luck Connor - good challenge, great cause

$100

Sam Johnston

Awesome effort mate! A massive personal challenge, but all for a very worthy cause. Ride hard and stay safe.

$100

Bowermans Office Furniture

Good luck Blakey, all the best from the team at Bowermans

$100

George Kallimanis

$100

Natalie Powell

Good luck Andrew!

$100

Ashleigh Tighe

Go Blakey!!

$100

Rob Cameron

$100

Tom Price

Great work mate for such an awesome charity!!

$57.20

Ivan Goodman

$52

Tom Bach

Good luck Andrew, Great Cause...!

$52

Guy Baseby

Good on you Blakey

$52

Charles Bowmer

Awesome work mate

$52

Benn Vicic

love your work Andrew!

$52

Lachlan Kirwan

Legend! keep up the good work

$52

Natalie

You are an inspiration Andrew. Good luck and have a blast!

$52

Nicole Mellick

Good luck Andrew ! safe travels regards NIc

$52

Ben Harrop

Enjoy the ride and keep safe you beast!!

$52

James Peach

Nice one brother!!

$52

Edward Washer

Awesome effort Blakey

$52

Joseph Shaw

Go Big Balls !

$52

Jay Orr

All the best!

$52

Rebecca Roberts

EPIC! Well done Andrew!

$52

Giovanna Reale

All the best with the ride, great cause.

$52

Anonymous

$52

Martin Leuenberger

I'm fairly sure you would be getting a massage right now! Great effort and great cause.

$52

Aaron Green

All the best Andrew, ride hard.

$52

Brent Anderson

good job mate

$50

Derek Hodge

$50

Tony Crane

Good luck Andrew! I hope it's a smooth ride.

$50

Luka Kaleb

$10.40