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From sea to summit in a single day

By timgee2007 4 December 2008 21

This Saturday, Nathan Edwardson (pictured above), and a group of equally determined Canberra cyclists, will ride from Tathra to Mt Kosciuszko in a single day. The ride is one of the toughest events out there, with a 4am start, 230km of hard climbing in often  poor conditions and a total vertical distance of over 5km! Of course, that’s just getting to Charlottes Pass…at that point, the riders have to lay down their bikes and run the final 10km to the Summit. The return run almost makes it a half marathon!

The ride is a crazy man’s idea of fun, but it’s for a great cause – the Olivia Lambert Appeal, which is raising money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. This money will fund research into neuroblastoma, a cancer that is only diagnosed in children. Olivia Lambert is a 4 year old Canberra girl and has just completed her last course of chemotherapy to treat neuroblastoma. Not only have her parents, Kirsty and James, set up the Olivia Lambert Appeal to help increase public awareness of neuroblastoma and raise funds to support the research to fight it, they’ve done so in a completely selfless manner at a horrible time in their lives. Not only does Olivia have Neuroblastoma, Kirsty is battling her own cancer as well!

If you would like to donate, the easiest way to do so (and get an immediate receipt for tax deduction purposes) is through the following website which gives details of this year’s event and a bit more information about Olivia:

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GB 5:12 pm 04 Dec 08

I’ve ridden to the summit on a fully-laden touring bike with skinny tires back in the day. This was quite doable, but not even slightly sensible, especially the ‘laden’ part. I’ve also done it on a touring/mtb with fat tires which was a lot more fun. Never had a flat there.

Since then, the road near the summit has deteriorated a lot (partly due to drongoes like me, plus runners etc), so they’ve closed the last section to bikes. Pretty fair call. Stupid place to build a road in the first place, in retrospect.

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