When is the ride?
The ride starts on September 16, 2017 and finishes September 23, 2017
Where does the ride start and finish?
We ride from Fremantle to Broome along the West Australia coastline.
What is the charity that we are supporting?
The Black dog Institute is the chosen Charity for fundraising. The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. More information available at http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
Can I raise money for another charity?
As part of the ride we are aiming for each rider to raise around $3,500. If you chose to do other fundraising outside of that, you have an option to do so.
How much does it cost to take part in the ride and what does it include?
The entry fee is $2,750 (Direct Deposit), this provides:
- Entry to the ride
- Support during the ride
- 3 meals a day
- Medical support and coverage
- Accommodation in hotels/motels for the 8 days
Bragging rights for the rest of your life
What does it NOT include?
The entry does not include:
- Cost of travel to get to and from home
- Cost of accommodation in Broome
- Personal & Bike Insurance
Specific foods or items you wish to buy
What do I need to provide?
- Your own clothing for the event including riding gear and casual clothes
- Additional food you may prefer for nutrition requirements
- A road bike and body that is ready to cover 150kms per day at approx. 25 – 30 km/h for 7 days
- A Bike helmet which is certified under Australian Standards for safety
Will I need to ride every KM?
No, we will have the 80 riders split into 2 Groups of 40. Each Group will ride approx. 150Kms per day in 2 sections of 75Kms. It is a simultaneous relay that will ensure the Whole team will cover more than 600kms per day in total distance. A typical day will be 6 hrs. riding and approx. 4 hrs. in the van between rides and to get to camp
What sort of training will I need to do?
Each person is different; however you need to develop a plan that works for you so you are able to ride 150kms per day for 8 days in a row. The key areas of training are around:
- Riding Stamina – 2 x 75kms per day
- Saddle Stamina – developing strength to sit for 6 hrs. in a saddle
- Mental Stamina, sections are monotonous, preparing for the mental challenge is very important
What is the temperature likely to be?
It will depend, the 5am ride will be fresh so arms and long clothes may be needed. Day time temperatures are expected to be around 25 – 27 degrees Centigrade. We had no rain last time, however if it rains the temperature will decrease. It will also tend to be cold at night time.
If I know of anyone who would like to be a volunteer, what do I do?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to the volunteer section of this website.
Will I need to sign a waiver?
Yes you will this will be sent out prior to the ride. We also recommend that you provide any allergy, medical information to ensure we are aware of any potential requirements.
Is there mobile phone reception everywhere?
Mobile is patchy, you will get it at night spots but not 100% along the journey
What do you recommend for nutrition?
Again everyone is different and have specific needs. We would recommend you develop your nutrition plan in line with your training. Make sure you use the same nutrition plan in training and on the ride. Doing something different on the ride will not work well, prepare your body for what you will use before the event.
What is the average speed I need to achieve?
In a 75 km ride we are aiming for an Average speed of 26km/hr. Some groups will be faster, this is the minimum we need to achieve.
Can I listen to music while I ride?
We strongly advise against this, it is a personal decision.
What are the road conditions like?
The road is for most part in good condition and tarred all the way there are long stretches with often monotonous long inclines or declines.
What spares should I bring?
Bring a few spares, especially if you have a unique set of equipment. We would recommend:
- 3 x Spare tubes
- Tire levers
- Pump or canisters
- Batteries for electronics
- Spare Spokes
- Chargers for electronics
What preparation would you recommend for my bike?
We would recommend:
- A full service prior to leaving your home area
- New inner tubes on the wheel, no patched tubes please
- Get the bike boxed in a cardboard box before leaving home. We can flat pack them if you have to travel on
- Deflate tyres before putting them in the plane
- Clean the bike
- Get a fitting done and mark the settings prior to boxing it
When should I arrive in Perth?
We recommend you arrive into Perth by the afternoon of September 15. We will arrange an afternoon light ride to check setup etc. on the bikes. Then we will have dinner and rise early for a 5am departure on September 16.
Do you recommend bringing anything specific?
The scenery is beautiful, there will be plenty of cameras on the trip however you may wish to bring your own camera to record things that are specific to you.
Will we get time to stop along the way?
Yes, it is not a casual tour, however you will have times to stop in local towns, in locations like the Bite and enjoy the scenery and meet the local people.
Will there be showers and cleaning facilities every day?
You will have access to showers each day as part of your accommodation. A full ride map will be provided outlining the stops and facilities prior to the ride.
What clothing do you recommend I bring?
Luggage is limited to a standard soft carry bag. Clothing is always a personal choice, we would recommend:
1 x Helmet; 1 x Shoes; 3 x Shirts; 3 X Shorts; 3 x Socks; 2 X Gloves – may bring long fingered; 1 x Pair of Arms; 1 x Light Rain Jacket; 1 x Riding Glasses with different lenses; Bike Computer etc.
What other optional clothes may prove valuable?
We found the following valuable to riders:
- Compression tights and tops for between rides
- Hats/bandanas to keep the sun off the head
- Soft shoes to slip in and out of when in van