Jason Bettles

2019 NSW Ride

The Finish

Our journey finished today at Mrs Macquarie's Chair in the Sydney CBD.

 

The ride was a blast.  I've met a bunch of new people, seen some fantastic sights, and thanks to your generosity have raised $28,612, helping reach the total for all riders of $664,928.

 

Thank you again to you all for helping me help The Starlight Foundation.

 

Day 6

A relatively easy day today with only 4.5 hours of riding, ending in the seaside town of Kiama.

 

As it is our last night the presentations at dinner took special significance, especially since the volunteers told us why they help out.  Most of the volunteers are actually trained masseuses, multi-tasking as logistics helpers during the day and massaging tired muscles in the evening.  We also have a bike mechanic who has helped out on 20 Chain Reaction rides around the country.

 

A few red wines at dinner in the hopes of an easy ride into Sydney tomorrow.

Day 5

Torture is the only way to describe today. Slightly shorter than yesterday’s ride, but more than double the amount of climbing. Even the good riders are suffering tonight.

 

It all paled into insignificance at dinner though when Kristy and her son Zeke told us the story of Zeke coming off his bmx in a simple crash only to learn that he had split his pancreas in two. For 10 weeks the family lived on a knife’s edge wondering whether Zeke would live or die. During that whole time The Starlight Foundation was there helping Zeke and his family through the crisis. This is why your donations are so important.

 

The ride isn’t finished so pester your friends, family, and co-workers to donate.

 

Day 4

Longest day of the ride so far; 149klm, 5 and a half hours of riding. There are some butts that are glad to be off the bike for a while.

 

Matthew Keenan of SBS cycling commentary fame joined us for the ride to the top of the first hill.  From there we broke into our teams and rode through some of the most gorgeous Australian bush land.

 

We’re staying the night in Corryong, official Man From Snowy River country.

Day 3

We rode up Mt Hotham today; 1 hour 51 minutes of riding up hill.  No accidents, but lots of tired bodies at the top.

The decent was awesome, taking only 51 minutes to get back down the 29klm.

Big sleep tonight so we are ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Day 2

New bike day! Well the loan bike anyway; which is so new it still has the price tag on it.

We rode up Mt Buller (14klm) and down again. Little bit chilly (6 degrees) at the start, but of course we warmed up on the climb.

The day was topped off by me winning the jersey for the best rider of the day for helping a couple of other riders get to the top, and for your generousity in donating.

Day 1

Today was a day of firsts. First time I’ve done a Chain Reaction ride. First time I’ve been in a neck brace. First time I’ve been in an ambulance. First time I’ve broken a bike.

A stick flicked into my front wheel sending me up and over the handlebars to land on my head. The helmet is also cracked. Sent to the hospital but cleared by the doctor to keep riding. Luckily they have a spare bike in my size. It was supposed to be an easy day!

Captain Starlight's message to the riders

I thought you'd like this little motivational video for the riders from Captain Starlight.  https://vimeo.com/327626658

 

What do I do now?!

I originally set my donations goal at $6,000, then raised it to $8,000, but you've smashed that as well.  I don't quite know what to do now.  My wife is telling me to stop emailing asking for donations.

We are so close to $12,000 that I'm going to raise the goal to that as a final target.  If we make it that means we will be raising $24,000 for the Starlight Foundation.  A fantastic effort in anybody's language.  And all because of your generousity.  Thank you so much.

Why I am doing this crazy ride

Starlight Children's Foundation creates safe, fun and creative spaces where kids be kids when in the hospital receiving treatment. The Starlight Express Room is funded directly through donations and costs $39 per experience. That's less than a week's worth of your daily coffee fix!

Here's a short video about the Stralight Express Room and the joy it brings to the sick kids.  https://vimeo.com/253194171

 

You guys are awesome

When I set out to do this I set a donation goal of $6,000.  There is still a month to go until we start the ride and you guys have already smashed that target.  Thank you so much.  Your support is fantastic and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

Our team captain is the sales director at Canon.  When he heard about your donations reaching the target, in typical salesperson style he said 'well Jason, you're just going to have to increase the goal!'.  If this is what he is like before we even start the ride I'm getting concerned about how hard he will push us in those hills!!

In typical accountant style I have done what I was told and increased the donation goal to $8,000, which with me matching you dollar for dollar will mean we are now aiming to raise $16,000.  So think of how much you are helping the kids and keep it coming folks.

Phil Liggett's Message

This motivational message from legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett is aimed at the riders, but I thought you might be interested to hear it.

https://vimeo.com/255686905

Charity Partner

I am pleased to tell you that your donations for the ride will be going to the Starlight Foundation.

The Starlight Children's Foundation helps brighten the lives of kids in hospital by helping them forget they're sick through the Starlight Express Room and 'Rocket Rounds' where Starlight Captains visit children around the wards.

Working in partnership with healthcare professionals, Starlight replaces pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Starlight programs embrace the principles of positive psychology where fun is an important factor in contributing to overall wellbeing.

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.

Help me support kids in need by donating enough to make it hurt a little bit.

My Activity Tracking

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My target 0kms

Thank you to my donors

Jason Bettles

The square up.

$12.37k

Natascha Weil

Enjoy the ride! :)

$510

John Murray Illingworth

Good luck Jason. Its a long way and I am proud of you for doing this

$510

The Mba Partnership Pty Ltd

Good luck from the MBA Team!

$510

David Brims

Big effort!

$400

Diagno Accountants & Financial Strategists

You're the awesome one!! Safe riding

$330

Qbm Lawyers

Great work Jason. Time to ramp up the training.

$310

Keating Lehn Solicitors

Good luck Jason! Robert, Kate, Alexis & Katherine

$310

Cronin Miller Litigation

Well done Jason, cheers from all the team at Cronin Miller. We will be watching your progress and looking forward to toasting you as you come across the finish line.

$310

Cts Termite & Pest Control

Excellent work, best of luck for the ride Jason.

$310

Paul Gorrie

Good luck - great thing for you to do.

$300

Abkj Lawyers

$300

Cts Termite & Pest Control

$260

Anthony Karos

Rip in mate - good effort

$260

Smh Lawyers

Good luck Jason

$260

F4 Partners - Karl Farmer

$260

Aaron Lavell

Buy some jock rot cream before you leave

$260

Scott Reid And The Team At Minter Ellison Gold Coast

Great work Jason! Good luck and all the best.

$260

Otto Chartered Accountants

Well Done. All the best for such a great cause. Best of Luck Otto & Astrid.

$260

Jason Jacobson

Love your work JB

$250

Nick Cooper

Go for it!

$250

David Mccarthy Golds Salon

Go hard And good luck mate 👍🏾

$208

Bell Legal Group

Good luck Jason - what an amazing effort.

$208

Gavin Nixon

All the best Jase... Good luck!

$208

Bruce Cossill

Love your work Jason. Glad the tumble didn't stop you. Cheers Bruce and Natalie

$208

Dane Hammond

Best of luck mate. You're a machine!!

$208

Tod Gillespie

Good on you Jason, great cause, great charity.

$208

Hickey Lawyers Scott Euctace

$208

Wayne Simmons

$208

Anita Owens

Fantastic Jason! Better you than me though :)

$208

Frampton Legal

Jason - good luck as always. You are an inspiration to us all.

$200

Holt Lawyers

Well done Jason, we wish you well!

$200

Chris Darin

Go you good thing!

$196.50

Danielle Webb

Great work Jason, what a terrific cause also.

$159.12

Dan Bottrell - Bgm Family Lawyers

Happy riding Jason! (and be sure to take before and after quadricep measurements, so that you can get the impact of low gear hill climbs!)

$156

De Accountants

Good luck mate!!

$156

Peter Phillips

$156

Advance Family Law

A deserving cause and a marvellous effort. All the very best from the team at Advance Family Law.

$150

Glen Archer

Good on ya Jase... I'm looking forward to the training rides!

$150

Rede Accountants

Good luck Jason. It's a great ride for a great cause. Ken and Col

$150

Joel Sweeting

Well done Jason, solid effort!

$104

Tim Gordon

$104

Tom Forbes

Good luck on the ride Jase.

$104

Mary Sandilands

Nice work Jason; inspirational. I hope you enjoy the ride 👍

$104

John Maxwell

Al the best

$104

Wrc Chartered Accountants

Such a great cause. All the best Jason! From the team at WRC Chartered Accountants (Andrew Ward & Nash Allsopp).

$104

Shaun Rose, Rose Litigation Lawyers

Well done buddy. What an effort

$104

Morgan Lane

All the best

$104

Anonymous

$104

Jerome Hey

$104

Greg

Makes and old man feel even older - well done

$104

Sharnette Josephs

Go Jason, great cause, looking forward to hearing your stories!

$104

Brett Cox

Good job mate, ride well. All the best Coxy.

$104

Michael Sutton

$104

Pam Roberts

Go Nads!!!

$104

Paul Stubbs

Looks like more "Best of All" Cheers.

$104

Kylie Mcinally

$104

Megan Yannuccelli

$104

Zaak Wheaton

Top work Jason! Plenty of hard work in this one! Didn't see much single trail in the course overview though?

$104

Nick Zomer

Mate, you need to stay upright! Enjoy the rest of the ride hopefully without incident!

$104

Nicole Macdonald

$104

John Goggin

Good Luck Jason!

$104

Craig Baker

$104

Red Shed Business Advisors

Great initiative, that is some serious climbing!

$104

Margaret Catherine Miller

Ride safely and enjoy the scenery.

$100

Shaun Stephens

Good luck mate and ride safe

$100

Ian Barfoot

Enjoy the scenery along the journey...

$100

Brett Frizelle

Great work Jason

$100

Kara James

$100

Nigel Nixon

You never stop. Definite winner of the "Good Human Award".

$100

O'reilly Workplace Law

$100

Bob Ritchie

Good luck Jason, a great cause. Enjoy the pain (and the end of day beer).

$100

Andrew Harris

$100

Ian Keel

$78

Steven Lutz

$75

Marino Law

$75

Paul Brake

As you climb those hills, all I can say is "better you than me!"

$70

Revolution Advisors - Mark Turner

Round Round, Wheels Go Round Round Round

$62.40

Nikhil Khatri

Pain is just a state of mind Jason! All the best.

$53.04

Richard

Well done Jason. Ride safe.

$52

Luke

Good Stuff Jason! Such a great cause!

$52

Ken Lawrence

$52

Matthew Shoobridge

best of luck!

$52

Gavin Dunn

Well Done Jas

$52

Geoff Williams & Associates

Best of luck for the ride

$52

Donza

Rip in and enjoy mate!

$52

Amanda Johnson

Good luck you crazy kids!

$52

Darron Reichman

Enjoy the ride. Well done Jason!

$52

Craig & Ash Dorozario

Nice work Jason! Enjoy the scenery :)

$52

Emma Gallagher

Good luck Jason and what a fantastic effort, a reminder that we can all help make a difference in people's lives.

$52

Dave Watson-will

GOOD LUCK JASON HAVE FUN

$52

Dylan Mail

$52

Robert Allars

Onya Jas

$52

Natascha Weil

$52

Brian Donaldson

$52

Abigail Channell

Wishing you all the best Jason

$52

Natascha Weil

Good Luck!

$52

Brian Donaldson

$52

Ilana Beitner

Well done Jason! All the best for the ride.

$52

Mitchell Hale

Have fun!

$52

John Fradgley

Hope the ride is going well Jason and you're not too "Saddle Sore"!! Cheers, John

$52

Jamieson Accounting Services Pty Ltd

All the best Jason!

$52

Neil Fennell

Fabulous idea and a great cause - Good luck!

$52

Suzanne Harrison

$52

Velo Tours Australia

You are a good Man Jase, all the best

$52

Lee Bragg

Great work Jason, you will smash it!

$52

Peter Sagan

You may ride bike good, but not as good as me. Go get them.

$52

Dean Phillips

$52

Daryl Van Der Graaf

Good hard mate

$52

Nicole Anderson (bell Legal)

Good Luck Jason. You'll need it on those hills!. Well done for putting yourself on the line like this. Putting thoughts into action to deliver important outcomes - that's inspirational.

$52

Caroline Sly

Our children are our future, it's a great cause. I feel your pain :)

$52

Paul Latta & Blake Johnson @ Gaertner & Associates

Good luck to everyone

$50

Anonymous

Good luck Jason,have fun

$50

Dean Waters

Get a comfy seat

$50

Melinda Bouter

$50

Chris Salmon

Good stuff Jason. Have a great time.

$50

Christopher Vertullo

$50

Gold Group Consulting

Good luck!

$50

Gab Buckley

Inspirational. Would love to do this ride, great cause, pedal hard!

$41.60

Nick Harrison

$41.60

Broghan Carmichael

$31.20

Brooke Kelly

$31.20

Sandy Tran

$31.20

Romina Mangila

You're awesome! Hope this helps.

$26

Xanthe Kelly

$26

Stuart Pfingst

Well done Jason!

$26

Kim Twentyman

Great cause, good on you!

$20.80

Alan Gill

$20.80

Robert Smith

$20.80

Rachel Hunter

Great work Jason! Go well and have fun!

$20.80

Jeremy Warren

Good on you mate and all the best!

$20.80

Angela M Engel

Fantastic thing you are doing Jason - get out there and smash it!

$20.80

Georgie Harrison

Good job Jason!

$20.80

Natasha Pulman

$20.80

Ben Veling

Good Luck Jason

$20.80

Geoff Provest

$20.80

Anonymous

$20

Kate Lee

You're amazing JB! Thanks for inspiring us.

$20