In May, I am riding 750 kms through the middle of Western Australian cattle station country along a corrugated gravel track for charity and would love any assistance I can get. Of course I will be doing this ride on my trusty Ellsworth Epiphany (it is her second time) and would love to spread the word around about the gear I use! The reason i mention my bike is i just had some awesome news come through. Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles Inc in USA www.ellsworthbikes.com are supporting our fund raising with supply of their state of the art Mountain Bike wheels and Shirts. I am so wrapped with this support, and the quality of their gear. I can’t recommend it more highly. I have done several 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour events on my Ellsworth Epiphany and also blew everyone into the weeds last time on the Gibb on my “Ferrari of the firetrails” . Please forgive the poetic license 🙂 if you want to have the best there is off road, get an Ellsworth guys! can’t wait to check out their road bikes also 🙂
So I am still looking for financial and/or equipment support for the ride. I have a major sponsor opportunity on the support vehicle for $2000 which includes a large Product Placement stickers (or dee-cals for our US friends) on the side of my support vehicle (Toyota Landcruiser Troop carrier) You could even get naming rights for the whole effort for $5000. Team name could be “Team whatever your company name is” ! come on you know you want to!
The first day of cycling is 223 kms of corrugated gravel, rocks and sand, probably 13 hours in the saddle, NOT a pansy ride, so hope you guys will consider giving me a bit of love on this . Financial assistance may be in the form of cash or can be a pledge to support the charities I am raising money for.
The charities are Police Legacy http://www.policelegacywa.org.au/ and Food, Water, Shelter http://www.foodwatershelter.org.au/default.aspx
The event website is http://www.thegibbchallenge.net.au/
Hey, I completely understand if you guys get inundated with requests and can’t help in this instance, but I thought I would put it out there. If you are lucky enough to be part of the inner sanctum of guys i call buddies, then you have probably already heard from my tour organizer, the totally amazing and persistent Jean beck AKA Mum.. she is working the phones and email to drum up some moola for the cause. Be nice to her, she is also 50% of my support crew, so she deserves a massive thank you too.
As far as training goes. You may or not know, that i have lost 13 kg’s since getting stuck into my training .. yep, i was 97 kg’s in September, now weighing in at 84kgs. change of diet, riding 50 kms per day and swimming and chinups, the weight is just falling off and i have had to get new clothes as everything falls off me. i have a target weight which i am not telling anyone as you may hold me to it, but the training goes up a notch this month, hoping to hit 500kms per week, with a few big 200 km days to perpare for the first day on the Gibb. 223kms on pea gravel.. come on guys send in your pledge, i am either a dead set legend or a dead set lunatic.. Mum, don’t answer that !!
Update soon on the freeway bike ride this weekend, team Trusttech is hitting the highway again and looks set to become a great day out for all.