Grey skies and light rain failed to dampen the spirits of the 13 cyclists participating in the inaugural DBH Road Raise ride from Adelaide to Melbourne to raise money for CanTeen.
Have a look at our photo gallery and you will see there were lots of smiles and no doubt a few nerves as the riders contemplated the 6 days and 970 kilometres of road that lay ahead.
DBH General Manager, Steve Nolis has spent months training for the gruelling challenge along with the rest of the peloton which includes a mix of semi-professionals, eager amateurs and the odd ex-footballer, one of whom, former Swans star, Ryan O’Keefe is very accomplished, the other, Crows legend Andrew Jarman who admits it might all be a bit of a struggle!
When the DBH Road Raise concept was first decided upon earlier this year, an ambitious fund raising target of $100 000 was set. Amazingly on the eve of the event, this massive goal was reached and we congratulate the team on an incredible effort.
As Lord Mayor Martin Haese cut the ribbon and set the team on its way, a trusty band of family, friends and CanTeen members waved them off on their trip and the first leg which took them to the town of Meningie in the State’s South East.
From there, it will be on to Kingston, Mt.Gambier, Warrnambool, Geelong and into Melbourne by next Friday, sore and weary but very proud of a job well done.
Keep following our daily blog for photos and stories from the DBH Road Raise crew.