The final few days of the Captain’s Ride sees VHR’s CEO Danny Brooks succeed through bush fires, steep climbs and sweltering temperatures on his annual journey around Australia for a children’s charity.
The halfway point in the ride, Day Four saw the team arrive in Boonah, Queensland. The riders journeyed the 84km from Warwick to The Falls and enjoyed its beautiful views after making their way through Yangan, Emu Vale and Killarney.
Legendary Paralympians Kurt Fearnley and Michael Milton joined the team and provided an extra dose of inspiration to make it over the halfway line. The riders were also honoured to meet with a variety of Grant Recipients from the Steve Waugh Foundation and hear their life-changing stories.
Day Five started early due to the bush fires in the Boonah area and roads closed off around Queensland to fight the fires. Event at 5am, the Australian morning air was acrid and hot.
Whilst today’s riding distance was only 75km with a 1km vertical ascent, the heat raised the bar to another level. The mercury hit 45 degrees at 10am, making the next few hours’ cycling arduous and unpleasant. The team also encountered several hills and challenging climbs.
Despite the threat of smoke and flame, all pelotons thankfully returned to the main group before lunch. The afternoon was spent cooling down with cold drinks and air conditioning to prepare for the next day ahead.
Day Six would present the final day for the team of riders, with a welcome drop in temperature predicted.
Support Danny and the Captain’s Ride
Led by Australia’s former Cricket Captain Steve Waugh, the Captain’s Ride sees hundreds of people from all over the world journey to Australia every year. The annual ride around the vast continent sees the cyclists travel for 10 hours every day, through heat, steep mountains and rocky terrain.
All funds raised go to the Steve Waugh Foundation to support the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
To sponsor Danny and the cycling team, please visit Danny’s Just Giving page:
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