260km CareFlight Base to Base Ride
Travelling up to the Gold Coast is always a nice way to spend your weekend and I was looking forward to visiting the sunshine coast once again. My visit was something of a different kind however, with lots of hard work, pain and suffering, plus a long day in the saddle to come before me. I was taking part in the 2014 edition of the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge, which has been a regular inclusion on my calendar since it began in 2012. The ride itself sees riders cycle 260km from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba to raise money for this not-for-profit helicopter rescue service. Each rider has a target of $1000 to reach so the donations are very much appreciated by friends, families and businesses. This year with 30 riders, we raised just under $50k with a total of $47,000. I was pleased to reach my target and raise $1,590, which I couldn’t have done without my supporters for their generous donations to this worthy cause. They saved my life in 2011 and every little bit I can do to give back will go a long way. Raising the money was the easy part, we still had 260km to ride before we reached our finish line. In the morning of the ride, our 3:30am wake up call was a little early, but we needed to be on the road by 5am in order to be in Toowoomba before it was too late. After a coffee, some food and a healthy layer of Champion System – Avanti Racing Team clothing, I was ready for the big day ahead.