Joanne Maddison

2021 Sydney 7 Day Challenge

7 days,1000km and enough uphill to summit Mount Everest, twice.

Yes, that's right - I'm doing another crazy cycling challenge. Yes it will hurt (even padded shorts aren't gonna cope with this), yes I will need to eat my weight in croissants and yes,its going to be really, really tough.

Since I moved to Sydney nearly 6 years ago I have promoted women's cycling and got more ladies on bikes. I encourage ladies of all abilities to take part in cycling events to challenge themselves, meet other ladies and have fun. I'm taking part in Chain Reaction to show those ladies we CAN do this.

As a lawyer turned Women's Health & Fitness professional I founded The Affinity Space to train women during and after pregnancy. I help them get back to exercise safely and help them and their families live healthy, active lives.

However, I didn't entirely leave the corporate world as I also work, at director level, for local and international startups helping them build systems, be more efficient and ultimately scale. 

I have also worked with charities and over the last year fund raising has been extremely tough - my love of cycling, completing a "must do before I'm 40" and supporting some worthwhile causes made me sign up for Chain Reaction 2021.

Chain Reaction supports 3 charities who bring happiness to sick children, children living in poverty in Kenya & Tanzania and women & children who have experienced domestic violence.  They are all doing much needed work and I hope you will join me in supporting them. 

I'll be featuring them all in the lead up to the epic ride, so make sure you follow me on social media and check back on this blog.

Let the training commence!

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My Updates

Day 5 - Port Mac to Forster

We're over halfway on our 1000km journey and I'm nearly halfway to my funding target!

There has been lots of laughs and even more food so far, some tired legs today but luckily the weather seems to be holding so we'll stay dry. 

130km and 1000m of elevation await us today, let's hope the legs hold up!

5 days to go!

It's only 5 days until I set off and my team and I are ready to ride and support So They Can - a charity supporting young women and children through education.

Check out how helping young people get a good education can change their future:

Thank You To My Donors

Louise And Tony

Hope it’s not to painful and what a massive achievement. Good luck stay safe Tony and Louise xxxx



Go beast mode on those hills Jo!


Steve Pole

Woah-oh, you're half way there (if I got my maths right), woah-oh, cycling for eclairs.


Lynn And John

Brilliant Jo !! Croissants are obviously excellent cycling fuel XX


Mark Carr


Ed & Sarah

Good luck. Your poor bottom... pack lots of assos! All the best, Ed and Sarah x


Michael White

Go Jo, Keep going, and stay strong And stay safe, Katie and mike


Secret Affair

Please think of me all the way round singing “she’s Mrs Jotivatoooooor”


Emma & Jussi

Well done Jo!


Maria Cahir

You’re an inspiration Jo! Good luck and stay safe and look forward to hearing some of the stories from this epic adventure! X


Gen Bae

Go Jo!!! You're a star!! Xx


Dan And Mike

Go you good thing!! Think of all the curry at the end! As mama ru would say “You better WERKKKKKK”


Selina Kern

They whispered to her, “You cannot withstand the storm.” She whispered back, “I am the storm!” Go Jo, you are amazing!!!


Megso Mcbain

Woot woot!! Go for it Jo!


Alex Cahill

Amazing Jo! Well done xx


Petra Buchanan

Go Jo! Enjoy the ride and your time away.


Lucy Jones

Well done Jo !!


Sandra Bridgewaterdunn

Go Jo go!!!


Marit & Damien Connell

Good luck we know you can do it!! You deserve every almond/ chocolate / vanilla croissant you can find!!! See you at the finish line, one glass of bubbles will send you over the edge 😃. Xx



Good luck Jo! It will be tough but you can do it 💪💪


Yavani Govender

Woohooo you go Jo!!



You’re an inspiration Jo! Such important charities to ride for. x


Raashi K

Inspiring as always Jo! I hope you have the best time - can’t wait to see you on the other side x Ps. Hope you’ve packed the chamois cream 😳


Linda Brown

Good 😌 luck jo



That’s my girl. So proud I know you can do it.


Ben Marnan

GO JC!! And yes, please do send copious lycra-clad piccies. Naturally.






Jen Bullock

I have no doubt you’ll smash it. Have fun & keep smiling!


Marissa Madden

Have a great ride Jo!!


Claudia Green

Well done awesome work!


Rebecca Davies

Ride Josephine! Ride like the wind!