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Pedal Against Poverty – A riders perspective

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Jon Scotsman JML Racing  – 2015 Pedal Against Poverty Ride Captain

2015 the inaugural Pedal Against Poverty Ride from the Gold Coast to Manly for the Vulnerable Children’s Fund was a special experience and we are in full planning for 2016!   (29 October – 5 November)

We gathered as a team over a fine dinner of burgers and beer on the Gold Coast with JML Racing Performance Director Henk Vogels advice for the week to ride sensibly, keep eating and drinking and to look after ourselves and each other.

The support crew from Baptist World Aid and volunteers and riders from around Australia was a rich experience and the camaraderie on and off the bike was terrific all week.

This ride is tough covering around 1200K’s in 8 days. Riding as a rolling peloton with team car support front and rear, JML Racing experience ride captains, Mike Osten’s vision and organisation, Annette and Steph from Baptist World Aid predicting and catering for every need and a truly amazing support crew we covered the distance with everybody exceeding their own expectations as to distances and speed!

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The trick was to be very organised. Riders briefing each evening and in the morning, personalised expresso coffee ready at each stop, loads of food and drink and typically getting in early each day to have some “me” time in the afternoon whilst Levi JML Racing Mechanic looked after everybody’s bike.

It was terrific to see every rider succeed on the ride, to engage with local communities along the way. Even better we raised $70,000 for children in need. Life changing for everybody.

In 2016 we plan to take around 20 riders and raise $100,000 from the Gold Coast to Sydney Northern Beaches. If you love riding your bike, are comfortable training for and riding a 100K on a good day and want to make a difference to vulnerable children the 2016 PAP Challenge maybe for you.

The route is challenging and interesting with some great climbs and descents. You don’t need to ride every Km but strava and your training peaks coach sees everything!

Jon Scotsman

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