Ride for Hope 2013 – That Was Tough


It was the shortest day but that doesn’t mean it was the easiest day.

Yesterday the Morning Cafe Ride for Hope team cycled a little under 60 kilometres, the shortest one day distance we’ll cover on this ride. There were many hills along the way between Katanning and Wagin but the toughest thing we faced was the heat. Some cyclists were getting readings of around 43 degrees Celcius on their bike computers. The already hot day was made even hotter by the heat reflected off the roads.

The 21 cyclists pushed on, trying to stay hydrated and battling to find the energy to get over ‘just one more hill’ as we drew ever closer to our destination.

Today we have 100 kilometres to ride. Once again there will be hills and once again there will be heat. The forecast says the heat won’t be as intense but with the extra distance it’ll still be a challenge. We’ll leave an hour earlier to try to cover more kilometres before the heat starts to bite.


Why would a group of cyclists continue to push on in such harsh conditions?

The team is raising money for Cancer Council WA and SIMaid’s Girls off the Streets projects.

If you’d like to sponsor one of the team by supporting Cancer Council WA just follow this link and select the rider or support team member of your choice.

If you’d like to support the work SIMaid does in bringing hope and healing to young girls in Bangladesh and India who have been rescued from sex trafficking, you can select a team member from the list on this page.

Please consider giving whatever you can. What can you give? Five dollars? Ten dollars? Fifty dollars? The need is desperate and any donation of $2 or more is tax deductible (in Australia).

My chosen cause for the ride is Girls off the Streets.

If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of young girls who desperately need your support, simply visit our fundraising page and choose my name from the drop down menu as the participant you’d like to support.

Let me thank you in anticipation of your support.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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