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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:

www.everydayhero.com.au/c2k4k2008

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From sea to summit in a single day
tortfeaser 2:41 pm 03 Dec 08

Good luck Nathan, Ben et al. Top work that lot, sounds like quite a pain in the ring…gear. Don’t stop for brandy snaps at Nimmitabel, they’re not often in season at this time of year. Or something.

justbands 1:40 pm 03 Dec 08

> There is no reason you can’t ride a road bike on a dirt track, it’s just not as easy or comfortable as a mountain bike.

Ha! I’d never take my road bike off-road. It’s designed for the road, that’s where it stays. Comfort & ease has nothing to do with it…it’s about the loads of cash spent on said road bike.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:22 pm 03 Dec 08

The Bega – Bemboka – Brown Mountain is a really nice drive, too. Especially in a car with enough nuts to overtake up some of the straight hill sections.

s-s-a 1:18 pm 03 Dec 08

PS. This lot are apparently switching to mtbs for a 15km dirt section between Nimmitabel and Dalgety, a crime for which I am mildly tempted to call them wusses.

s-s-a 1:16 pm 03 Dec 08

but you’d need a moutain bike as it’s only a dirt track

There is no reason you can’t ride a road bike on a dirt track, it’s just not as easy or comfortable as a mountain bike.

Plus it’d suck to ride up a 50 metre high hill, then have a bit of a rest while you coast down the other side only to have to ride up another hill to reach the same altitude you had at the top of the first one.

Sounds alot like the road from Bega to Bemboka. And at that hour of the morning (pre-sunrise) the pie shop isn’t even open!

Spitfire3 12:06 pm 03 Dec 08

Plus it’d suck to ride up a 50 metre high hill, then have a bit of a rest while you coast down the other side only to have to ride up another hill to reach the same altitude you had at the top of the first one. Doing hard work twice over is not my idea of fun.

caf 11:57 am 03 Dec 08

A 100m descent followed by a 100m ascent (or the opposite) isn’t as easy as just riding flat for the same distance, so you can’t assume that descents cancel out ascents. The way it’s calculated is a measure of the total amount of uphill riding required, because that’s the hard stuff!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:39 am 03 Dec 08

What about the downhill bits where they don’t have to pedal? Sounds a bit dodgy to me…

caf 11:33 am 03 Dec 08

5km vertical? Kosciusko is only 2228 metres… An impressive feat nonetheless.

Cyclists calculate the vertical ascent on a ride as the sum of the individual ascents – since the road doesn’t climb smoothly from 0m to 2228m, the sum ends up well over the finishing altitude.

justbands 11:28 am 03 Dec 08

> BTW – Can’t they ride from Charlottes Pass to Rawsons Pass (the foot of Kosci)? or is this part of the heinous NSW Parks restrictive laws??

You can ride a mountain bike from Charlottes Pass, over the headwaters of the Snowy & past Semens Hut to the base of Kosciusko…but you’d need a moutain bike as it’s only a dirt track. I’m guessing this lot would be on road bikes.

Good luck to them, that’s quite a ride!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:25 am 03 Dec 08

5km vertical? Kosciusko is only 2228 metres… An impressive feat nonetheless.

s-s-a 11:08 am 03 Dec 08

Good luck Nathan and friends.

I achieved this ride in January 1998. It’s hard but enjoyable. In those days we were allowed to ride to Rawsons Pass, and I must say the return from there riding a road bike on a rough track after a long day on the bike was an exercise in pain. It hurt to sit down, or to stand up, to use the brakes or to lift my head and see where I was going.

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

Kramer 10:51 am 03 Dec 08

Would love to do this ride, although in reverse would be much better!

BTW – Can’t they ride from Charlottes Pass to Rawsons Pass (the foot of Kosci)? or is this part of the heinous NSW Parks restrictive laws??

Spitfire3 10:32 am 03 Dec 08

Done. In the process, I found the below info interesting. The website side of things for this fundraising effort is handled by a separate company, which discloses an ethics policy as well as their fee structure. Obviously, collecting money isn’t free or simple. What do people think of their fee rate? Is it reasonable?


How does Everyday Hero get paid?

We take a small 6.5% administration fee from the gross donation made to your charity. We also pass on a credit card processing fee of 1.1% of the gross donation plus 30 cents per transaction.

Following a 3 month free introductory period, we charge partner charities a monthly hosting fee of $30 plus GST.

How much does the charity get?

(Credit/Debit Card)
Total Donation $25.00
Administration fee 6.5% $1.625
GST @ 10% $0.163
Credit card processing fee 1.1% $0.275
Credit card fee per transaction $0.30
Total fees $2.36
Donation to Charity $22.64

The table above shows an example of an Australian domestic credit card transaction. Everyday Hero is charged an additional 1.0% for all international or cross-border cardholder transactions.

[http://www.everydayhero.com.au/blank_window/service_fee]

Spitfire3 9:53 am 03 Dec 08

That sounds like bloody hard work. From sea level to the highest point in the country by non-motorised horseless velocipede.

I’ve been up Mount Kosciuszko under my own power too, it’s beautiful up there. Mind you, I only started from Thredbo, not from 230 friggin kilometres away!!

I shall donate!

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