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    Name: Steph Wallace

    What is your favourite regular ride

    Believe it or not, one of my favourite regular rides is smashing up Mt Gravatt as many times as possible.. it’s not a particularly steep hill, according to Strava it’s a steady climb for 2km, steepest gradient 7%.. but it’s a great challenge, and my record thus far is 7 laps in one session! One of my other all time faves is from my parent’s place in Nerang to Broadbeach, out to the Spit at Main Beach and return with my Dad. It’s a relatively flat ride, about 50km, and I love getting up early on a Sunday morning, smash out some kms & stop at the beach for a swim on the return leg. Great fun! :)

    What is your favourite 25000spins ride and why?

    Such a tough decision, as all the trips I’ve been on have been brilliant. Switzerland is absolutely incredible, with its magnificent scenery everywhere you look. Seriously, the whole place is like a postcard. The scenery in Queenstown is equally amazing, and getting to the top of the Crown Ranges on the third day is an achievement & a half! London to Paris is the only trip I am yet to do, but I’ll get there one day, and I’m sure it will be fantastic.. also looking forward to Big Sur someday!
 However Great Ocean Rd is probably my all time fave. It’s the trip that inspired me to take up cycling - as a support driver in 2014, I spent the whole time wishing I was out there, so the following year I came back, this time on a bike! I have completed it twice now as a cyclist, and it’s one I’d like to keep doing as long as I can cycle! I love coming back every year and cycling with people from previous rides and meeting new friends as well. It just never gets old!!

    What has been the best part about partnering with 25000spins and ADRA?

    I just love the whole concept behind 25000spins. I get to combine the things I am most passionate about - helping people, through raising as much money I can, travelling to new places, and of course, cycling!! Partnering with ADRA has been a fantastic experience. Each staff member I have interacted with has been so helpful in providing the information I need to inform my sponsors about the projects their money is going to. The passion they have for people and helping those in great need is apparent as you speak with them. There are many charities out there, but with ADRA I have peace of mind knowing the money is going where they say it is going. It’s a great organisation doing great work, and it is a privilege to work with them.

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    Name: Trent Watson

    What is your favourite regular ride

    My favourite ride that I like to do when ever I am down around Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales, is nicked names the Tick Gate. Its a ride from the coast at Kingscliff inland and into Queensland, finishing at the Natural Bridge National Park.  It starts for a ride along the coast before heading inland towards Murwillumbah where you encounter the first mountain range with a climb through rainforests before desending into sugar cain fields where you can really stretch out the pace for about 25k’s, skirting the back of Murwillumbah before heading back into rain forests.  The ride culminates with a 5km, 350m climb up to the Queensland Boarder where the gradient gets steeper nearing the top with the last km at a 20% climb.  Once at the top though its all worth it with a spectacular view back out to the ocean.  If inclined a role down the hill on the Queensland side for about 2k’s will lead to the the Natural Bridge before retracing the steps back to Kingscliff.  Here is a Strava link for the ride http://www.strava.com/activities/50856013.  If in the area its a great ride, especially early in the morning

    What is your favourite 25000spins ride and why?

    Well 25000spins does a great job at finding brilliant places to ride so it’s a difficult decision.  The two European rides would have to be the best, the Swiss ride is amazing scenery, the accomplishment of climb the alps and mountain bike riding through snow in St Moritz can only be a bucket list achievement I will Treasure for a long time.  But the London to Paris is such an epic ride it has to be no 1.  There is something about Leaving London and arriving in Paris, these two world stage cities that provides an amazing sense of achievement.  Thats only compounded by the differing scenery from quaint English Village to Romantic French town and the culmination with a lap of the Arch de Triumph. And if that’s not enough you get to bath in the party atmosphere of the culmination of the Tour de France.

    What has been the best part about partnering with 25000spins and ADRA?

    It’s made me realise that that there is a way I can use my passion of cycling to help others, and to help ADRA in particular.  While I know there are many charity rides in Australia, and while they are all good causes this is one of very few that helps to provide the basic needs to those with very little.  I have experienced how ADRA has helped people in need an how it affects there lives, and 25000spins has provided me an avenue to use what is a big part of my life to help ADRA and to help those who are in need.  It has also been a conduit to inform friends and work colleagues about ADRA and the change that it provides. While I have wanted to be more charity minded and one day maybe go on a fly and build somewhere or conjure up some courage to knock on doors, this is something where all I had to do was ride a bike, well anyone can do that!

     

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    Name: Malcolm Potts

    What is your favourite regular ride

    My favourite regular ride is from home to Wynnum and then along the bayside following the various points – Manly, Lota, Thorneside, Wellington Point, Cleveland Point, Point O’Halloran and Victoria Point. If I do them all its about 80 kilometres – but you can do as much as you have time for. If I really feel like a challenge – West Mt Cotton Road will sort the men from the boys. Here is a Strava link to part of it and here is the second part

    What is your favourite 25000spins ride and why?

    Who can have a favourite – they are all good in their own way, but if I had to choose one it would be London to Paris. The Great Ocean Road is the signature ride and it is great but there is a romantic ring about London and Paris that takes you out of the familiar. The country side is fabulous with the country lanes, the harvest fields and shady woods. There is something exotic about coming over the hill and seeing the Eiffel tower in the distance and who can beat doing loops around the Arch de Triumph. Plenty of hills to challenge but also wonderful valleys and open landscapes to enjoy.

    What has been the best part about partnering with 25000spins and ADRA?

    25000 spins gives you an opportunity to do something to help those people who are in desperate need, in parts of the world where there is no safety, little food and a lot of suffering and at the same time do something that is so enjoyable and challenging as riding in these classic places. It give you something to work towards keeps you fit and helps to extend your life. I would never have raised over $20,000 for these ADRA projects if it had not been for 250000 spins and you can have confidence that ADRA will use the money where it is most needed.

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