Yesterday was the TdC dawn to dusk cycling challenge. The aim was to ride as many kilometers as you can in about 10 hours while raising money for cancer research and prevention.At 6:23am the riders left the start line. The main bunch went out at a pretty quick pace and were soaking up the kilometers quickly. John, the main organiser for the event was a man on a mission. He was out to get 300kms for the day. He succeeded. A massive effort to be congratulated.
In our tent we had a good amount of riders. Individual riders consisted of myself, Zac, Damo and Deon. And making up "team awesome" was Dad, Jacinta, Natalie and Adrian. Matt and Anthony came out as guest riders to do a few laps in the morning and the afternoon which was great! Matt helped break the wind for me to reel in my last few kilometers for the day and get me to my goal.
If you have been following any of my Facebook posts recently, you would notice I have been trying to drum up some attention for Dave Oliver. Dave is cutting his hair after 20 odd years of growth to raise money for cancer. He stumbled across what I was doing with TdC during the lead-up to my tour. We have been chatting via the interweb and yesterday we finally met!
Dave is a fantastic bloke and he is doing a great job of spreading the word about cancer awareness and pulling in some many needed dollars. I can't wait to see his results and I will keep you all posted on his updates. We may even do some combined fundraising in the future. It was a pleasure to meet you Dave. Keep up the great work mate!
The weather for the day was unreal. Forecasts all week was for rain... We had nothing but clear skies and hot sun all day! Couldn't have had better conditions.
A special part about the day was being on the track with my family. Everyone had a great day on the bike. There may be a few sore bodies around but they all did a great job! Great way to kick start training for Dad and Zacs TdC tour next year.
I got to 200kms for the day. Apart from having some very bad knee pain in the middle of the day, I felt pretty good on the bike. It was my first ride back after tour 3 weeks ago... All up it was a great day and it was good to see so many people supporting a great cause.
Thank you for your support and we will see you all there next year!