If you live within a 50km radius of Sydney or Melbourne you’ll know exactly what a sharebike is. You’ll probably recognise them scattered around the streets, next to iconic landmarks, or maybe even peculiarly balanced 10 feet up unsuspecting eucalyptus trees. Bet you haven’t seen anything of the sort heading up towards the summit of Mount Kosciuszko though, but that’s exactly what a group of three friends did on the City2Summit for charity.
3 commandeering, pioneering, incompetent cyclists ventured out on a 24 hour mission. Armed with 6 Mobikes, 5 support members and 1 camera operator, the team planned to leave Clovelly at 00:00 with the ambition of driving the 459km down to Jindabyne, (in the thick of Kosciuszko National Park) cycling the 100km route to the summit of Mount Kosciusko, riding back down, then jumping back in the vehicles and driving back to Sydney within the 24 hour time frame.
The whole idea was excessive, and whole-heartedly aggressive, but it was all in the name of a fantastic cause. My connection to the charity came through a community mentoring program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia. I was matched with a young boy with a love of getting outside and getting stuck in. It was through this connection that I was introduced to his sister, who suffers from Mitochondria Disease (a progressive disease – with most cases proving fatal) and had done for a number of years.
The charity we’re supporting is the Australia Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) who do a fantastic job at supporting sufferers and families that are affected by this tragic disease. I am lucky enough to have seen first-hand the support that they have provided, and the momentous effect that a bit of extra support can give. To be healthy in today’s world provides us all an opportunity to support our communities where we can.
Preparation is key
Pre-event training totalled one 80km training ride through the Royal National Park, with the ride giving us just shy of 1/3rd of the event day elevation we would need to cover. In addition we had numerous 4.00am starts, riding around Centennial Park. Making friends and providing humour to the many triathlon groups using the park, we joined in with a few hill sprints (not too hilly, as it was 4.00am) The young, spritely and naive City2Summit team felt as prepared as one would expect for such a ridiculous undertaking.