almost there .... well to the starting line

Hello All,

A big thank you to all my supporters so far. I thought it’s a good time for an update on progress. The fund raising has been going well across the QLD contingent with a target of $1.2 million achievable.

To recap, the great thing about Chain Reaction is that not only does every rider donate upfront but in addition almost all the admin services are donated. Even the physio and the masseuses give their time for free. So money you donate almost all goes directly to the two charities, to provide frontline services.  

Training has been intense! Most weeks, I have been riding three mornings and at least once on the weekends. Two weeks ago, I got up at 3.30am on Saturday morning and did 10 laps of Mt Coo-tha over 5 hours in the rain. Kind of eerie and spooky, even when you’re the one doing it.  We’d all been set the same task and it didn’t make it any less weird that, every now and then, you’d come across other Chain Reaction riders, pedalling away furiously in the dark.

In Mid-February , we rode 450kms around the Gold Coast, and climbed 6500 metres over three days – Mt Tamborine, Beechmont, Binna Burra and Springbrook, and a touch of boganville on the way back to Brissy, I’d rather forget.  Probably not a dead ringer for the Snowy Mountains but it gave us some confidence. My point is that the 60 riders in the peloton have worked really hard to prepare ourselves because we believe passionately in the causes.

 The ride commencers from Canberra the 23rd March to Melbourne,  going across the Snowy Mountains and then through the Victorian Alps. Which sounds like a picturesque route - and I’m sure it is - but there are things that get in the way like Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Mt Buffalo. Seven days, seven peaks. Roughly 1000kms. Most days we climb well over 1800 metres and some days we climb over 2500 metres. But of course, there are also some fabulous descents.

You can see the path at https://www.chain-reaction.org.au/event/2019-queensland-ride

Again, thanks for your support. Keep in touch.

Regards,

Bill  

 

Training update

Hi Friends,

About halfway through our training schedule I managed to avoid the pole I collected this time last year, which put an end to my 2018 campaign. Now being extra cautious I’m confident of making the starting line to what will be an exciting and challenging week. The photo attached is 3 of us, with relief on our faces, after finishing the Le-tap ride in Jindabyne in Dec last year – a taste of what is is to come.

Chain reaction is special as it’s given us all the chance to not only to break up our daily routine from office life but importantly raise funds for two great kids charities – every story I hear touches my heart.

An FYI – all riders in the chain reaction ride pay an upfront fee which goes a long way in covering costs of the ride which enables a large % of all funds to go back to the charities.

Until next time, Bill

Help me support kids in need

Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days.

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Thank you to my donors

David Hancock

Bill what a great event to be involved in .We will be behind you all the way.Best of Luck and safe travels

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The Keogh's

Dear Dad, We are proud of you for undertaking this campaign again. What a wonderful cause. Will be tracking the updates on the ride live and thinking of the group of brave riders. Keep up the safe training! Lots of love, your family.

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Lears & Julia

Bill - good luck & god speed

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Edward Davidson

Good luck Bill !!!!

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Liam Kelly

go hard, go early Bill

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Ian Reinhardt

I hope you ride better than you putt! Good Luck Bill

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Peter Coad

Bill, great cause, remember to keep avoiding the power poles.....

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Jon Lechte

please stay on your bike this year Bill

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Skerman Civil

Good luck Billy, stay upright and pump those pins of yours.

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Steve Pilcher

Enjoy

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Christopher Blue

Great work Bill.

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Neil Fletcher

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John Fison

Go Billy, Go, Go Go. Good luck and well done for such a huge effort.

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John Campbell

Go you legend Keys!

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Jerry Johnston

Good luck mate - may the wind be at your back. Jerry

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Jonathan Rice

Is this verging on being a fanatic?

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James Hayne

Onya Bill. Keep up with Russell, might see you for a beer in Melbourne

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Dugald Ferrier

Good stuff Bill

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Liam Ryan

Watch out for poles Bill!

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David Toua

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Simon Mather

Good luck

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Steve Gallagher

No falls this time mate

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Bart Phillips

Make sure you beat Brad Hellen

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Anonymous

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Donald Hellyer

Go well and safely

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Luigi Di Clemente

Well done Bill, try not to fall off.

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Bradley Horn

Good luck Billy. Ride safe.

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Robert Henricks

When it gets tough Bill, think about the kids!

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Matt Liddy

Good luck Billy, hope you make the starting line this time :)

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Ann Fordyce

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Mark And Georgie Waller

Amazing effort Bill and the team - will be an incredible experience...enjoy!

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Bill Nutting

Go Keow

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Nozawa Snow Holidays Japan

Good luck Bill and all the riders. Good on you and great to see all going to great charities Cheers Mark and all at Nozawa Snow Holidays Japan

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Brad Russell

Go Billy! Brad and Mel

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Mri Qld

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