This week saw VHR’s CEO and IoD Global Director of the Year Danny Brooks set off on a week-long ride around Australia for charitable causes.
The Steve Waugh Foundation
Led by former Australian Cricket Captain Steve Waugh every November, the Captain’s Ride sees hundreds of amateur cyclists ride around Australia for up to 10 hours every day. All money raised is given to the Steve Waugh Foundation which helps children with life-threatening and life-changing diseases by providing:
· Funds for medicine treatment therapies
· Respite Camps to support the siblings of children with rare diseases
· Promoting World Rare Disease Day to raise awareness of thousands of children worldwide who need help.
The Steve Waugh Foundation and its fundraisers strive to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children a better quality of life.
Danny and a team of 70 riders set off at 6am on Monday 4th November for the first stage of their journey. Starting from Toowomba, Queensland, the team would complete a 140 km trek (with 1,500 meters of vertical ascent) to the top of the Bunya Mountains.
Although not the longest day on the ride, Day One turned into one of the toughest that any of the riders can remember encountering over the last few years (including for Danny, who has completed the ride for the past four years).
With a 6am temperature of 25 degrees, the Australian heat quickly rose to 38 degrees and hit a sweltering 41 degrees. Combined with a final 6km climb, with a gradient that reached 20 degrees, the afternoon made for a very tough end to Day One.
Whilst many riders ended the day on a long walk and stretch, Danny and his UK teammate Simeon Wicks (@tecnauk.com) opted to continue on to the top of the summit without getting off their bikes.
The day had a number of incidents – someone crashed in front of Danny causing him to fall off, (fortunately he was unhurt) and a fellow rider was lucky to avoid injury as a wallaby suddenly darted out in front of her (both wallaby and rider were fine). The evening was finished off with a motivational talk from ex-Indy car racing champion Will Power and ex-Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh.
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