Road Raising

Road Raise


Road Raise is a 7 day bike ride from Adelaide to Melbourne which raises money and awareness for CanTeen to help support young people with cancer. This event aims to raise $200,000 which will fund 5,000 hours of support for young people living with cancer. This years ride will depart Adelaide on the April ?

Have a look at the 2016 video, it’s stunning.

Road Raise was founded in 2015 to raise vital funds and awareness for CanTeen.

Road Raise is fast becoming a highly-sought after event for like-minded professionals with a love of cycling, a sense of community and a desire to push their physical boundaries.
Thanks to the incredible efforts of those involved in Road Raise, CanTeen had raised over $300,000 in the past 2 years which has supported young people cope with cancer in their family, rebuild their foundations and connect with others in the same boat.


So, who’s riding.

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And the valuable Support Team

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Today’s message is brought to you by Steve Sanders, one of the many supporters behind Road Raise

Hello again

I thought I would take this opportunity to thank those of you that have chipped in to aid my fundraising cause so far. A sincere thank you really!

There is 6 weeks to go before a team off 22 cyclists embark on a trip across the country and so far a collective sum of over $60,000 has been raised. This money goes to providing services and support for young people affected by cancer.

We all have a story and I guess mine is I am in a fortunate position to be able to help others. Hours spent riding in the hills recently means plenty of time to reflect on how lucky I have been with the riding experiences I have had and with what my family and friends have shared with me. One friend long gone would surely be amazed at where my bike has taken me and the opportunities cycling has afforded me.

It was in my photography days (pre 1998!) where my business partner introduced me to the sport.

The chap in the Toyota top, Don McLennan was my partner for ten years. He passed away in October 2007 from Cancer. I saw him and his family suffer.

We raced for a few years and even well into his illness he gave it a crack. He knew he was terminally ill and had a goal to have his name etched on a perpetual trophy for one of the races the Club raced. So whilst people attacked and tried to break the field we worked hard together and, after making no friends in that race got Don the win. His name is on the trophy.

It was a team effort and the hardest riding I have ever done but even after the tours and the travel, roads ridden all around the world, the growth of Redline into a small business this was my cycling high point. A 40 minute criterium at Regency Park is a more vivid memory than the cobbles of Belgium or the Alps of France. I still have one of Don’s drink cages on the bike that goes overseas when I travel.

As an aside the top he is wearing, whilst it is not clear has our name ‘Adelaide Freelance Photography’ on the shoulders – I still have mine and I love that jersey.

I have no doubt this will be another hard, tough but character building event – but the reality of it is it is nothing compared to cancer. It really does affect everyone and I feel sad when I see Don’s now adult children and grandchildren because of what they missed in life because of Dons death at only 53 years of age.
I would like to thank two Charlie’s – Jarman for her company on the road over her holidays at Xmas (we rode hundreds of kilometres, discussed  many issues and solved so many problems!) and Walsh, for his company and conversation every Wednesday morning. 6 Olympics gives one some credibility and to have him riding with one of our riders yesterday was an honour.
Dave Elmes (owner of the Watermark at Glenelg) – a generous supporter of our regular cycling group Redline joined our Wed ride and had some great one on one tuition as he readies himself for the Road Raise adventure.

You can donate directly though the following link 

or attend one of the events that pop up on their facebook site, including this one:

Road Raise 3 Fundraising Movie Event  – LADY BIRD – at the Capri Cinema Thursday 8th March 7PM. Tickets from $25. Book online at

Lady Bird is widely tipped to become the feel good movie of 2018.


Proceeds of every ticket purchased goes to CanTeen. It will be a fun night with raffles/prizes and guest speakers. Bring your friends along and share what will be a special night.


The Monuments

The five oldest, longest and most prestigious one-day races in professional cycling are grouped together under the heading ‘Monuments’. All five are part of the UCI’s top-tier WorldTour race calendar, and as such they command a full field of the biggest teams and leading riders.

Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia.

Milan-San Remo


Country: Italy
Date: Saturday, March 17 2018
Length: 291km
First edition: 1907
Also known as: La Primavera, The Sprinters’ Classic
Rider with most wins: Eddy Merckx (seven wins)
TV Broadcast Nup

The Tour of Flanders


Country: Belgium
Date: Sunday, April 1 2018
Length: 260km
First edition: 1913
Also known as: De Ronde, Ronde van Vlaanderen
Rider with most wins: Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Johan Museeuw, Achiel Buysse, Fiorenzo Magni, Eric Leman (all three wins)
TV Broadcast SBS LIVE
Times and channel TBA



Country: France
Date: Sunday, April 8 2018
Length: 257.5km
First edition: 1896
Also known as: Hell of the North, Queen of the Classics, La Pascale
Rider with most wins: Roger De Vlaeminck, Tom Boonen (four wins)
TV Broadcast SBS LIVE


Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Country: Belgium
Date: Sunday, April 22 2018
Length: 258km
First edition: 1892
Also known as: La Doyenne
Rider with most wins: Eddy Merckx (five wins)
TV Broadcast SBS LIVE
Times and channel TBA

Bring it on.

Il Lombardia


Country: Italy
Date: Saturday, October 13 2018
Length: 247km
First edition: 1892
Also known as: Giro di Lombardia, Tour of Lombardy, Race of the Falling Leaves
Rider with most wins: Fausto Coppi (five wins)
TV Broadcast – Nup


Best named bike race in the world – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

  • Arctic conditions – Niki Terpstra told TV he’d smeared his face with Vaseline to help battle the cold
  • An early break of eight riders
  • 100km later and the clothing was peeling off
  • Philippe Gilbert attacked on the Leberg with 77km to go, but not as incisive as 2008 when he won. Reeled back in.
  • Sprinting to the start of the Molenberg climb, with Bryan Coquard surging up front.
  • Attacking moves by Van Avermaet and Zdeněk Štybar, then Silvan Dillier attacked, then joined by Michael Matthews, Tim Wellens, Arnaud Démare and Oliver Naesen among others taking a 25 seconds
  • Lead hauled back.
  • Ag2r La Mondiale and Lotto-Soudal raced strong, but foolhardy
  • Alexis Gougeard and Tiesj Benoot took to the lead in n open and exposed prt of the ourse
  • A serious move of ten riders attacked on the Berendries, with Van Avermaet, Štybar, Sep Vanmarcke and Edward Theuns among them
  • Wellens and Benoot attacked
  • Reeled in and won by Michael Valgren

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Descent of the Week – Blockers Road, Basket Range

Just the other side of Little Italy lies a delightfull little bit of Bitumen that turns into a crazy beautiful section of dirt road that opens up all sors of delicious gravel riding oads heading towards Lenswood.

This is the descent from the gravel back down to Knotts Hill / Pound Road climb.



Rider of the Week


This weeks rider of the week is the Chief Cycologist, Director Sportif, Trail Therapist and Fashionista for Cycle FNQ – William Bird.

2013 National Singlespeed Championship (Cairns) – Will is the Pirate organising the event
  • How long have you been cycling? What got you started in cycling?

Like many, I have been riding a bicycle for as long as I can remember. However, my formal baptism into the cycling congregation occurred in 2001 when I commenced work in Cairns. Within the office there were a number of cycling fanatics who exorcised my running demons and taught me the two-wheeled way.

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?

I work within the cycling industry, so the number of bicycles in my garage fluctuates throughout the year. Had you have asked me two weeks ago, the answer would have been one and a half (that’s another story). If you ask me next week, it will be four. Presently, there are only two bicycles at home.

My “go to” bike is a 2016 Norco Threshold cyclocross bike; it serves a multitude of purposes, and is so much fun to ride – it’s also the oldest bike I have owned in quite some time (simply because I cannot part with it).

A heavy overnight downpour of 130mm flooded my regular canefield riding loop (about 1km from where I live).
  • What bike do you covet?

That would be the BMC Roadmachine 01 Two with SRAM Red eTAP … which strangely made its way into my garage last week.


  • You are involved with Cycle FNQ – What is it?

I founded Cycle FNQ in 2012 to promote and support cycling within Far North Queensland, over the years it’s evolved (and continues to do so today).


Through Cycle FNQ I have taught mountain bike skills locally and nationally, as well as organised events across all levels (local/national/international … including UCI Stage and UCI World Cup events).

2017 - Sudety MTB Challenge, Poland
2017 – Sudety MTB Challenge, Poland
2017 New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
A three-day Charity ride along the Bulominski Highway in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. This event was organised by a friend of mine to raise awareness for domestic violence.
2018 Chiang Mai
2018 Chiang Mai
Colt45 Audax
I also organise three Audax rides each year in the Far North. This is a typical gravel road ridden on my Colt 45 Audax near Lake Tinaroo on the Tablelands above Cairns; weaving amongst cattle paddocks, sugarcane fields, corn, blueberries and other crops.
recce ride on my Norco Threshold
Recce ride on my Norco Threshold
2015 Flinders Ranges Tour
2015 Flinders Ranges Tour

In recent years Cycle FNQ has enabled me to ride and review bikes for national publications, and assist with bicycle travel articles to help promote my region around the globe.

Cycle FNQ also works with Blackchrome Sportswear to test, develop and design cycling apparel – I always wanted my own cycle clothing label and custom kits to match my bikes.

  • What do you love about cycling?

The variety of people I meet. The amazing places I visit. The experiences and memories I shall never forget. The freedom of being outside on a bicycle. The therapy/relaxation/stimulation/challenge/sanity it provides.

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be, why and where would you take them to eat?

Not being much of a dinner person, it would have to be a post-ride breakfast with:
1) Warren Pike – my friend and the man who got me into this cycling mess to begin with
2) Jens Voigt – he’s a character on and off the bike.
3) Fredrika Ek – Who??? Check out her blog   Her motivation and passion for life is inspiring.


Fredrika Ek

The location would be Petit Cafe in Kuranda for authentic French crepes (an absolute must when visiting Cairns).

  • What are your fondest cycling memories?

In 2014 I helped organise a Fat Bike Tour of Cape York’s Western beaches, some 360km of sandy coastline.

Cape York Fat Bike Tour
Cape York Fat Bike Tour is the first of it’s kind in Australia. Riding mountain bikes along the beach on the western side of the tip part of adventure patrons will never forget. Picture: Fiona Harding

A group of us flew up to the Tip of Australia, boarded a private boat and sailed down the Gulf of Carpentaria overnight. In the morning we assembled a fleet of brand new fat bikes aboard our mothership, then commenced beach-combing our way back up to the tip along remote beaches. We encountered crocodiles, dingoes, jabirus, mantarays, dolphins, and all manner of sea creatures. Washed-up along the shores we found Indonesian rafts (several being larger than a Toyota Landcruiser), a Papua New Guinean dug-out canoe, and a range of other treasures. We feasted on fresh seafood every night, and may have over-indulged in mudcrabs for lunch on at least one occasion. We played beach cricket, then toasted the sunset with cold drinks and hors d’oeuvre – we were very lucky to have a five star chef on-board who had temporarily escaped her regular gig serving gourmet dishes aboard Norwegian cruise ships.

  • Have you spent any time in hospital because of cycling? If so, how did you end up there?

At 1726hrs on Tuesday 05 October 2004 I had a brief encounter with a Ford Laser. I walked away.

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?

“This will be my last bike. Promise”.

  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?

A cycle trip to Japan to continue exploring where I left-off. The below is from a cycling tour I organised with a friend (Adam Cobain) who operates Ride Japan – bespoke cycling tours in Japan.

2015 Minakami, Japan
2015 Minakami, Japan
  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?

Blackchrome Sportswear – visit them online for all your custom clothing needs (cycling/work/leisure).

The Blackchrome crew at the TdU


Thanks Wil, you have an enviable lifestyle, some stunning trips and adventures.  Needless to say, me, and I’m sure many others, would be jealous.


Meanwhile, over in London – the London Bike Show 2018 – read about the highlights here


till next time

tight spokes



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