Williamstown’s Xander Schmitz is the youngest cyclist in next month’s three-day 25000spins Great Ocean Road Challenge, riding from Geelong to Warrnambool to raise money for children living in poverty.
Xander, 10, says he wants to use something he’s good at to help people. “I love sports and am very good at riding,” he says. “This is a very big ride for me.
The first two days are over 120 kilometres and have lots of hills. So I really have to be ready for it.” To read more check out the following.
London to Athens. Over 4,000 km
The Route from London to Athens
Stage 1 London to Paris 22nd July - 26th July
Joined by 20 other cyclists a support vehicle and a film crew this section of the trip I am really looking forward too. To make it into Paris in time to see the end of the Tour de France. To enjoy four days of touring with a group of people raising money to help children in need will be a great experience.
Where: Paris France
Distance: 320 Km
The night before I headed off from Trafalgar square was hard to sleep. Last minute things racing around in my head kept me up until after 2am. A group of seven of us would meet at Trafalgar square and begin the cycle to Paris. (Ndaba, Phil, Chris, Naomi, Trent, Renea & myself) The rest of the group would meet in the suburbs of London.
Where: Dijon France
Distance: 725 km
Paris to Dijon
As we slipped onto the rain soaked streets of Paris Monday early afternoon there was a very different feeling then a few days earlier. My navigation device was playing up again. There was no support van waiting, there was no clear route and my bike now had an additional 25 kilo loaded on.
That night we got in at 10.30pm. Exhausted we were ready to eat and sleep. Luckily there was still a place open serving food.
Where: St Claude
Distance: 910 km
Today the sun beat relentlessly down on us as we slowly climbed our way over mountain after mountain. Just when we seemed to have beaten it we would be taken at break neck speed deep into the valley only to be given the task of getting out again.
Distance: 985 km
We made an early start on the day. This would be our hardest day yet, the climb to the top of the Col de la Faucille. Three hours into the climbing we had only managed to advance a pitiful 18km. Every snaking corner simply revealed a new level of the endless mountain.
Where: Interlaken Switzerland
Distance: 1,210 km
The first 20 km out of Genève was an architect’s delight with each mansion competing with the next for more grand entrance ways and longer tree lined paths up to a stately manor overlooking the lake. Trent and I were starting to feel a little jealous by the end of it but we soon got back to enjoying the stunning Swiss scenery. As we neared the town of Vevey our stop for the night the hills got even stepper as they rose out of the lake. Running up the side of the mountain were ancient stone terraced vineyards.
The view was stunning. I did feel sorry though for the poor people who had to work the vineyards.