Kelly Cycle Coaching masters rider Steve Tippett, recently rode from Sydney to Melbourne to race funds for cancer research. Fantastic effort Steve to complete the 900km without a day off. Read below to find out how his adventure unfolded.
How many days was the Sydney to Melbourne ride? Was it a charity event? Rotary?
We scheduled the ride over 6 days raising money through the Altona City Rotary club. The proceeds were divided into the following charities
- Bowel Cancer research
- Ovarian Cancer research
- Prostate Cancer research
- Altona City Rotary Club local projects
How many riders participated?
There was a total of four riders
Steve Tippett - recovering after a long day in the saddle
How many km’s was this event in total? And approx. how many km’s per day were you riding?
We rode approximately 900km during the event. The average day was 150km with the longest Goulburn to Gundagai being 190km
Steve with other riders and supporters
Did you have a rest day at all?
No rest day
How was the event organised? Stay in tents, motels? Did they organise food for you?
The event was organised by Volunteers who are members of the Altona City Rotary Club. The organised all accommodation which was cabins at caravan parks. Five of the nights local rotary clubs on route provided dinner for us. During the ride the volunteers made sandwiches and rolls for lunch. Various organisations donated muesli bars, gels, water, electrolyte drinks etc
How long have you been riding (in general terms) and when did you start getting coached by KCC?
I have been road bike riding for approximately 2.5 years and started being coached by KCC in November 2012
Steve raised funds for cancer research
Have you noticed any changes in your riding since you’ve started getting a cycling program?
I am definitely stronger, more efficient and more motivated. I found the main difference is my consistency of training has improved immensely and this correlates directly into improved performance and recovery. I really enjoy hill climbing and now find the steepest gradients are more achievable for me. In the 3 months from November to February I was able to improve my climbing time up Mt Baw Baw by 30%.
Are you more comfortable on a bike now?
I have always been comfortable on the bike in terms of handling due to growing up in Warrandyte and doing lots of recreational mountain bike riding however the bike setup and general fitness improvements as a result of coaching by KCC made the event much more comfortable, enjoyable and attainable
I believe you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis? What does this mean to someone who hasn’t heard of this and how do manage this on the bike with your training, etc?
Cystic Fibrosis is a complicated condition which affects many different parts of the body including the lungs and digestive system. Cycling is an excellent form of exercise to ensure my lungs stay clear and free of excessive mucus. Staying active and motivated through cycling forms part of an effective treatment plan. Normal digestion is also an issue for CF suffers with the majority requiring enzyme supplements to be taken orally with food. I take capsules with me on rides in a small tri bag on the front of the bike. It becomes second nature to consume these when eating. Salt loss is also a major concern leading to dehydration and related problems. During long and or hot rides I also take salt tablets to replace what is lost through exercise.
What was the toughest part of the ride? (sore bum ha ha??)
The toughest part of the ride was definitely backing up riding day after day in the cold, early mornings. Once I was warmed up and riding it was fantastic watching the sun rise and the day begin without the stress of day to day issues. After the 4th day the saddle region did start to become a little bit sore and this was probably the most painful body part after the ride. The weather was amazing with not even a drop of rain.
Congratulations in completing this ride Steve. A great achievement and a sense of accomplishment.