Wow what a crazy few weeks it has been!
Between work, training and fundraising, I have had limited time to do much else. Its now at the crunchy end of my preparation and I only have a few days of being off the bike to recover as much as possible. In 2 days time, ill be on a plane to Mount Hotham to start my 2017 Tour de Cure journey.
So whats been happening you might ask?
Our annual Tour de Cure garage sale happened, and it was a great success! A MASSIVE thank you to all the people who donated items to be sold. It surprises me every year what things sell and what things you just cant get rid of.
Haggling and bartering with buyers all day can be a big challenge, but it can also be pretty fun. It never ceases to amaze me what people will buy and the prices they try and get items down to. The beauty of a garage sale like ours, is that we really don't mind dropping our prices. The customer always wins at our store!
Our total for the day came to $1,000 raised for Tour de Cure.
On the training front, you could say that I have been putting in a few kilometers over the past few weeks.
All my rides can be viewed on the right-hand side of this page if you are interested through the Stava data displayed.
Although training can be hard work, very time consuming and painful at times, there are many good reasons to be on the bike at 4am in the morning.
Take a look at this sunrise on our way to Scarborough!
We get to see some amazing views and sights from the saddles of our bikes. We ride through areas that I will probably never drive a car through and we make some incredible friendships that will last a lifetime. A group of like-minded people traveling across the country under their own pedal power even boggles my mind at times.
Top: Mt Tamborine - Bottom: Glass House Mountains
As some of you ask me more technical biking questions, I thought I might update you on a change that I made to my bike recently. In an attempt to levitate some knee pain I struggle with at times, I have made the change to some oval style front chainrings.
These are called Q-Rngs and are made by a Spanish company called Rotor. Q-Rings virtually decrease the gear ratio in the dead spot of your pedal stroke and increase the gear ratio in the power phase where you exert the most force. I have been riding these Q-Rings for just over a month now with some positive results. It will be interesting to see how my knee pain goes over the nine days on the bike I have ahead of me.
I have a number of exciting fundraising announcements to come.
I will be running some great raffles with the help of a few of my major sponsors. These will be run when I get back from Tour, so stay tuned for more information on how you can win some great prizes!
I will also have a great offer coming from a local business. I am super excited about this one and I love welcoming new sponsors on board. I look forward to working on a great cross-promotion campaign while raising money for Tour de Cure.
Things from me during the 2017 Tour
Once I'm on Tour there are a few things that will happen on this website that can help you follow along. I will move to daily blog posts, starting Thursday 23rd March with my Tour dedication. From there, I will be uploading a daily report, including photos and events from that day.
You can follow the riding and route we have taken using the data on the right side of this page to see where we have ridden.
I will also be trying something new this year and will venture into the world of 'Facebook live'. I have never used it before, so we will see how I go...
Once again, I need to say a massive thank you to all my supporters. The response I get year after year really does amaze me and I appreciate every single bit of your support!
My current tally for 2017 is sitting at: