With the countdown on to Grant and Rick’s epic 1500km Ride 2 Be Wise across the Outback from April 24-May 12, we decided to check in on them and see how they’re feeling about what will undoubtedly be a gruelling effort.
According to Grant: “I’m looking forward to the adventure and the challenge, but I think it’ll be a bit overwhelming when we get to Darwin.
“Coming off the back of not knowing much about bike riding, it’s been a particularly big challenge for me – perhaps a little more challenging than I thought it would be.”
Rick says he’s feeling nervous but determined.
“Up until now, whenever I go out for a training ride there’s no expectations, whereas this is different.
“Thinking about the good that will come out of the ride though is very inspiring. I’ve been amazed at all the generosity and support it has received.”
The pair, who have already packed up their bikes to be transported to Alice Springs ahead of the journey, have a 10 to 11-hour day covering 135km on the first day to prepare for.
“Undoubtedly I think we’ve got a bit suffering ahead of us,” says Rick. “Most days we’ll be riding for around nine hours or more – so remembering to stretch at the end of each day will be every important.
“While temperatures will be up in the 30s, I think the biggest challenge will be any headwinds we encounter.”
Over $60,000 raised and counting
Thanks to everyone who has contributed cash as well as joined the virtual Ride 2 Be Wise, more than $60,000 has already been raised.
A special shout-out also to sponsors Flavorite and Fresh State for getting behind the event.
In another exciting piece of news, the Foundation has booked in 13 Be Wise presentations in eight schools in Darwin.
Around 1200 students at Darwin High School are set to welcome Grant and Rick as they roll into town on May 12.
Follow the ride
We’ll be following Grant and Rick as they make their way across the Top End, with regular photos, footage and accounts of the trip on Facebook or Instagram.
Some of the scenery will be spectacular, so please stay tuned.
There’s also time to donate to cause or join the virtual ride www.ride2bewise.com.au. Get your family and friends to sponsor your efforts as you clock your kilometres through a Strava account.