John Rowell

Queensland Ride 2019

Help me support kids in need

A surfer does not finish a surf and then sit at a café in their wetsuit.  So why do lycra-clad cyclists?  Such was my misguided view up until only recently.  They say only a surfer knows the feeling, but I haven’t quite clocked 75 km/hr yet down the face of a wave.

My last serious stint in the saddle was during my 20s in London.  And I haven’t raised money for a charity since boy scouts.

Embracing the physical and mental challenge of this year’s Chain Reaction ride (one of the hardest yet apparently) whilst raising money for two great children’s charities is both an honour and privilege.  Looking at my own children, the values of embracing challenges in life and showing compassion for others less fortunate is something I wish to instil in them. 

Help me support kids in need as I ride from Canberra to Melbourne.

Thank you to my donors

Tam Faragher

Great work John!!!!! On all levels, thankyou.


The Team @ Tfa Project Group

To our General Manager, we wish you all the best and congratulate you on taking on this challenge. We look forward to following your journey and more importantly getting you back in one piece. Well done from all the team at TfA Project Group.


Richard Robinson

Train hard and give it your all on the ride.


Fox Environmental Systems

Good luck mate !


Austbrokers Countrywide

Super effort John, all the best for the journey ahead!


Desleigh Faragher

All the best John. I am grateful to have 2 healthy grandchildren so am happy to assist in helping you raise funds for such a worthwhile charity. Enjoy the challenge.


David Mcnamara

Good luck buddy, its along way but I'm sure you'll eventually make it ;) happy I could help you smash through your donation goal for such a good cause!!


Michael Stanton

Good luck John!


John Dawson

John Hope you take time ti enjoy the scenery. Good luck.


John Rowell (snr.)

Haven't seen you so committed since you married Marilet. You will nail this ride no doubt. All the very best to you & the other "Sunday" riders on your huge training efforts to date & for the big ride from Canberra to Melbourne in March. Surfing at Snapper Rocks will be a "walk in the park" after this effort. Good luck!!


Steve Williams

Good luck with the ride John. Absolutely great event that Michael Byrom has shared great stories about. Having seen first hand the benefits that the AEIOU Foundation early intervention program and the difference it made to my boy Jacob I can't speak highly enough of the event and the people that do it. All the best


Michael Almonte


Mainline Civil Group

Good luck John, this is a great cause, all the best!


Michael Nowak

Good on you mate! All the best


Josephine Johnston-rowell



Mark Connellan

Good luck mate!


Bruce Woodward

Hope there are lots of downhill sections to give you a break. Well done committing yourself to the challenge and the cause.


Adam Webb

Great cause mate, all the best!


David And Kath Nicholls

Ride safely Johnnie and have fun. Congratulations on supporting a great cause and on your commitment. Look forward to following your progress. David and Kath


Craig Duffield

Good on you John! Canberra to Melbourne, that's all downhill right? May your tassels fly in the wind as you travel down the road to greatness helping kids in need.


Beech Constructions P/l

John Good Luck - don't send any snaps when you are in pain !!!!! Cheers


Craig Cygler


Vanessa Wei

Good luck,John !



Good luck mate!


Building Certifiers Australia - David Mansell & Nick Sager

Best of luck John! Great cause!


Andrew Cook


Craig Benadie

Good work John - have a good ride


Jay Carter

Hi John, what a nice thing to do Mate ! Good luck, and although its not a race, I hope you come first !!


Neil Thompson

Good luck John - my daughter did a charity ride a few years back and I saw first hand the satisfaction she gained from the experience so hope you enjoy the same feeling. Best regards Neil


Matthew Rolph-smith

Good luck bud hope the goooch is ok after

$104 Rob Birch

Good cause, great ride route, being a cyclist myself I know those mountains will be tough.. Thats why I do them on a motorcycle..... Have fun.


Denis & Kristy Gardner

John all the very best! We look forward to hearing all about your ride over pizza and a few red wines!!


Walter Noble

the tough get going when the going gets tough



Gaan groot!


Arthur Gerbanas

Good Luck John!


Craig Smith

Good luck John!!


Dean Shewring


Brooke Anderson


Robert, Sue And Juliette

Wishing you all the luck on the epic journey!


Coralie And Brett Kalisch

Good luck John


Elvis Kiosses

Congratulations on taking steps to improve the lives of others and your own. All the best for the challenge ahead.


Wayne Gibson

Have fun JR...send a selfie immediately after you finish....can’t wait to see the look on your face. Cheers Buddy... enjoy! Gibbo


John Vockenson

Good luck John on the big ride. That is a big ride too, I have driven a lot of that area and it looked like very hard work to peddle. I am impressed, good on you. John, Sue and Michael Vock.


Charles Keyte

Johnny, Good luck with the ride and enjoy the scenery. Best wishes & love Charles, Jackie, and Girls and Grandma.


Blandom Moore

Good luck John! Hope you have fun :)


Ben Phillips

Keep up the great work John!!


Mark Jones

John, All the best on the massive challenge ahead!


Mitar Miskovic


Ralph Took


Philip Rowell

Well done mate. Some of this sporting enthusiasm earlier in life would be have been handy for a younger brother.


Gary Wissenden

Way to go John! I hope the training has gone well - a tremendous effort and all very best for the ride ahead - well done!


Diane Mcgready

Good luck John.


Jurina Swanepoel

All the best John. I am so proud of you for being so commited. May God bless you and all the other cyclists.


Cara Williams

Great work John, good luck with the ride


Jeff And Amanda Nicholls

Good luck on what sounds to be an epic adventure and for a great cause! Jeff and Amanda


Ben Haley

Good luck John!


Andrew Tanner


Neil Button

Ride like the wind you big chief!


Peter Rowell

Good luck John! From Peter, Carol and Christine


Stacey Micallef

Good Luck John! Great cause and wonderful charities being supported. Wishing you all the best with the continued training and for the big ride!


Luke Cawthan


Chris Harris

Good Luck John! Great work for a great cause.


Marty Gowran

All the best mate!


Annette Hart

Your training commitment has been nothing but impressive. Wishing you all the best for the big event, you have got this! Look forward to hearing all about it on your return. Stay safe & upright!!!!. Annette & Terry.



Good Work mate! Don't forget to get your brakes checked!


Luke Conroy

A bit late with my donation, but better late than never! Congratulations on smashing your fundraising goal! Wishing you all the best on the ride. Good luck and have fun!


Andrea Moore


Mr Shane M Delany

All the best John...Don't break a leg ;)


Chris Brittain

Great effort John, awesome to see you clocking up some serious Ks for a good cause.


Anthony Jensen

I may not like your exercise choices Johnathon, but I respect what you are doing.


Jordan Gooch


Bronwyn Buck

Have fun and enjoy the journey!


Andrea Douglas

Great work John! Having volunteered with RMH SEQ for a few years now, I see the wonderful support provided to families in their time of need and you couldn't be supporting a better cause. Good luck for the ride, you will smash it!


Brendan O'rourke


Jeff Allan


Bonnie Lang

Good luck John! Ride safely.


Michael Rumble

Good Luck John - great cause



Hi John, good work and best wishes for the vent


Brett And Ilze

All the Best John!


Ei Thet Tun


Chris Hollis

Happy to help John. Good luck with the ride. A little different from the London traffic I think


Todd & Sivan Mayhew

JOHNNO!!!! Go you good thing! Once you hit 40 some say it's all down hill...... but down hill is a good thing when you're on a bike !!!!! Enjoy the challenge.... we'll be cheering you on :)


Ian Benjamin

Good luck John - quite a ride! Cheers, Ian


John Ferguson


Brett Wood

Great event to be involved with John, all the best for the ride


Andy Johnston

Best of luck with the ride John


Terence Burns

Good on ya geez!!! We'll be cheering you on all the way from Santa Rita! Best of luck mate. Terry, Janice and Marianna.


Mike Rowell

Congratulations bro on doing something that really matters. You matter and the kids matter. Keep inspiring! 👌😀


Sarah Jesus

Best of luck for a safe ride


Matthew Stclair