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Red Shield Day Ride 4 Canberra to Cooma

Before I start on day 4 a little story from yesterday. As we were riding through Canberra when one of our support vehicles stopped at the traffic lights travelling behind us, a man who was washing windscreens for his money came and gave his earnings to the van. it was $4. The van driver didn’t to accept the donation as the person looked like he needed the money but he insisted that The Salvos take it as “The Salvos have been good to me” he said. This is what we are raising money for to help people who need help! Please keep donating. My donations are growing but I want to exceed my target BEFORE I reach Melbourne. Tell your friends this is a great chance to donate to The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

Today was a slightly different day. A late start as we were attending the Red Shield Launch Lunch in Canberra at old Parliament House then riding to Cooma. The group was nervous as rain was forecast and due to the mid afternoon start this meant we would arrive in Cooma in the dark.

The launch lunch was a pleasure to attend and we were able to hear a story from Adam a man who has been helped by the Salvos over the last 18 months. His life had been a struggle since early childhood and only now in his 30’s (I would guess) through the help of the Salvos is getting his life in order. It is good to see the people that get help from these donations. I also managed to bump into a friend Major Graeme Ross a fellow tuba player so it was good to say hi to him.

We left Canberra around 2pm, I was bumped from the B group to A group as one of the ride captains and joined the express train to Cooma. We were lucky with no rain and kept a good moving average of around 32kph. Total distance for today was 119.4k (113k from Canberra) with total elevation of 1,164m. Tomorrow we ride to Bega and then finish at Eden. Here is a short video for our first 3 days.

#RedShieldRide #RedShieldAppeal


Red Shield Ride Day 3

Day 2 ended with a meal (yes we like to eat) and a chance to hear a story from Cathy’s Story who was helped by the Salvos during the drought. This is where the funds are going, to local communities helping people who really need it. Keep the donations coming in, it is great to finish a ride each day and see that I have received more donations thanks.

Day 3 was billed as an easy day cycling from Goulburn to Canberra, a total of 117k and 913m of climbing. Ok it was a shorter but some nice rolling hills towards the end. For most of the day we did have a tail wind to push us along. Along the way our coffee van greeted us at Tarago for a coffee break and then onto Bungendore for lunch, before rolling onto Canberra. Compared to yesterday it was easier and in Canberra we cycled around Parliament House and had a group photo shoot.

Tomorrow will be a later start as we are attending a Red Shield lunch in Canberra before a ride to Cooma, the current weather forecast looks a little grim, so we hope the forecast is wrong and the weather stays nice. #RedShieldRide #RedShieldAppeal

Red Shield Ride Day 2

Day 1 ended with a nice group meal and guest speakers from local supporters of The Salvation Army Illawarra region educating us on the work the Salvos do in the local area and why the funds are needed. So keep digging deep friends (or foe) and help me exceed my target, I am now over $4,000 raised but want to get to above $5,000 before Melbourne in eight days time.

Day 2 started with some trepidation or excitement we were about to take on Jamberoo Pass which is about 600m of elevation and very steep and then on to Robertson to the famous pie shop. I would go back to the Pie shop again, seriously the climb was tough but worth the hard work with great views over the region. There is always a great sense of achievement in concurring such a climb. With the majority of the hard work over in the first 35k it was then onto Goulburn just a mere 115k away with plenty of rolling hills and country side. It was lovely to be out in the fresh air doing what something many people don’t get the chance to do.  The days stats were 153.6k and 2,178m of climbing. Many weary bodies rolled in Goulburn glad for a rest.

One of the benefits of a group ride is we have our own coffee van meeting us at various points. We were met by the Coffee van at the Jamberoo lookout. I wish I had a personal coffee van for every ride.

Thanks for the continued support, looking forward to day 3 an easier day riding to Canberra. #RedShieldRide #RedShieldAppeal

Red Shield Ride Day 1

The journey has begun. After a nice breakfast with family and supporters at the SCG, we said our farewells, completed a few laps of the SCG and then started our ride. Spirits were high and plenty of smiles and enthusiasm. The weather was perfect too.

It was very stop start through Sydney with all the traffic lights and we were glad to enter the National Park at Audley south of Sydney. We were also very lucky as there was back burning in progressing and fortunately the smoke was blowing away from us. It is always a marvellous view at Stanwell Tops and today did not disappoint and riding over scenic bridge is just as spectacular. We arrived at Wollongong for a well earned lunch and coffee and then then made the final journey to Kiama.

Today’s ride was 130k with 1,400m of climbing. Thanks for the donations and keep them coming in, I am getting closer to my fundraiser goal, please help me achieve my goal before I get to Melbourne.

A great first day, time to recover and get ready for day 2. #RedShieldRide #RedShieldAppeal

Red Shield Ride Day 0

I think I am packed and have everything I need. We have been told to pack light but to have gear for every weather types and casual clothes, nutrition, foam rollers, spare tyres, tubes, brake pads and canisters. The bag is not very light.

I have spent the last few days stressing where I worry about any muscle twinge or if I sneeze but I think I am ready and ready to go tomorrow Monday 29th April for Day 1.

I am $1,500 short of my fundraising target that means that I need to raise just over $1 for every kilometre that I cycle over the next 10 days. Or think of it this way 15 donations of $100 or 30 donations of $50. Every little bit helps so please give what you can and help me support The Salvos.

Hopefully you can follow me over the next 10 days of this exciting journey and challenge.


Red Shield Ride 2019

I am privileged to be riding from Sydney to Melbourne starting on Monday 29th April 2019. I use the word privileged as this word aptly describes why I am doing it. I am raising funds for The Salvation Army who support so many in our community who do not share the same privileges as me. You can donate to my ride here.  I am going to try really hard to post a daily update on this page of my progress. If you know me this will be a challenge in itself.


This is our ride itinerary. I look forward to the journey, cycling through this beautiful country that we live in, meeting fellow cyclists, the sore legs and backside. Thanks to everyone who has supported me. #RedShieldRide #RedShieldAppeal

RSR 2019 Itinerary


Kids Tri Training

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In 2018 we started a kids Tri Training program during the summer terms. We did focus on developing skills, technique and fitness, but I think the smiles on the kids faces every week at training says that we also had lots fun (Parents are happy too seeing their kids being active). These squads are being run again in 2019, with the first session starting on Wednesday 30 January 2019. Please refer to our Kids Tri Page for entry and further details. Come along and join in on the fun.

“If you are comfortable with your training regime then you should be concerned. You can only make the big gains by being out of your comfort zone.”
- Me

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