Day 1 – Blog for our Brisbane to Sydney cycle ride

Hello All, At last it has come down to the day of the ride.  We are 19 cyclists (I hesitate to say athletes) cycling 1100kms in 10 days with a support team in 2 vehicles. All good, right? I mean what could possibly go wrong?? I am pleased (and somewhat surprised) to report that we were pretty much on track from the start, with just a few minor hiccups but nothing overly concerning. One of the team missed his flight to Brisbane (great start fella!!), another needed urgent bike repairs when he drove into his driveway with his bike on the roof of his car and forgot about a low hanging branch (!!!) – as I said, what could possibly go wrong? But despite all this it was pure joy and some sense of relief to see the Team in Manly, Brisbane yesterday working thru the final bike checks and confirming the ride logistics before we got up at 4.30 am this morning. After a breakfast of a banana and a bottle of Gatorade we set off, with the media and an ABC film crew recording our departure We did have a slightly inauspicious start as we were locked in motel car park and couldn’t initially get out Then on leaving the car park one of the team got a flat tyre, however after that all we had to watch out for was pot holes, dead kangaroos, traffic and fatigue Riding in groups of 5 the rest of the day was a great success and very organised, with a total focus on safety (The absolute opposite to a typical Ironman triathlon   training ride!) 95 kms and 5 hours later we arrived in Miami just south of Surfers Paradise and went for a swim. A good finish to the day’s exercise Tomorrow we ride 120 kms from Miami to Ballina Stay tuned Glenn Dobson is the Managing Director of the KONA Group and raising funds for Fighting Chance, a charity that supports young people with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities. For more information on KONA’s sales and sales management training and coaching courses in Sydney or Melbourne Australia, or how you can donate to our Brisbane to Sydney ride please call 1300 611 288 or email [email protected]

KONA Group is riding Brisbane to Sydney to support Fighting Chance, by Glenn Dobson

On 27 February 2014, I will be cycling 1,000 kms from Brisbane to Sydney to raise more than $250,000 for Fighting Chance – a charity that creates opportunities for young adults with significant physical disabilities to access employment and social participation programs.

Along with 14 other riders the reason I’m attempting the 1000 kms Brisbane to Sydney ride is that I’ve been fortunate to be able to conquer some of the world’s major sporting challenges, however, I’m inspired by the amazing work Fighting Chance do on a daily basis.

In 2012, I fulfilled a 13 year dream and completed the Hawaii Ironman, in Kona. In 2011, I ran 250 kms across the Sahara Desert before representing Australia in the Triathlon World Championships in Las Vegas. Then, in 2010 I fought Heavy Weight boxing champion John Hopoate, then 6 days later ran 475 kms across the Simpson Desert to raise $32,000 for Breast Cancer patients.

The Fighting Chance team help people with disabilities to live a better life, when every day is a challenge that makes the Sahara and Hawaii Ironman pale into significance, and for that reason the KONA Group want to help in our own small way to make a difference to their work.

So can I ask you to please help me raise funds for this great cause and donate what you can at

(Your donation is tax deductible).

To get more information on the ride and what Fighting Chance plans to do with the funds you donate please go to

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