On Sunday 2 November, close to six hundred Soldier On supporters strapped on their helmets and got on their bikes for a ride around Lake Burley Griffin to show their support for Soldier On and Australia’s veteran community.
The ride also saw four of the seven Trois Etapes 2014 riders don their TE kit to take part in a casual loop around Canberra’s iconic lake.
It was great to see so many people out and about wearing Soldier On shirts, and of course, the many people wearing the Soldier On Cycling kit
Photographer extraordinaire, Matt Connors, was out and about taking photos of the event.
Below are some of the best (of course some including me!).
Matt’s full gallery is here: Matthew Connors Photography
A social event aimed at raising awareness within the local Canberra community for Soldier On. The ride will be followed up with a BBQ at the Australian War Memorial.
If you’d like to take part than please register at the link below
For the first time in a long time I entered a new week of riding and training without feeling any pressure. I ended last week on a high after relaxing and just enjoying my time on the bike.
So on Monday morning when I woke up feeling a bit tight and sore in my hamstrings I opted out of commuting to work and rested. On Tuesday I took Kate the XTC into work and rode home via a loop of Bruce Ridge to start my week of riding. I rode a total of 43.6km in what felt like freezing temperatures but was in fact a balmy 4’C.
I took Sara the roadie into work on Wednesday morning and did a quick lap of Lake Burley Griffin with the intention of doing a bigger ride in the afternoon. Unfortunately my beloved Giant Defy had other ideas and I ended up with a busted derailleur and had to abandon any further road rides. I am yet to fix this bike and with more time to spend on the MTB before the Battle Of The Beasts, I doubt she’ll get another ride in the next couple of months.
Thursday and Friday were literally washouts for riding in Canberra. I had no intention of riding in the wind and rain so opted for some time in front of the TV honing my XBox skills. Saturday was a ride-free day due to the Girly flying out of town and my vote to ride having been vetoed.
Sunday kicked off with my regular ride at Bruce Ridge with The Berm crew followed by breakfast at Edgar’s Inn. I haven’t ridden Zooey the Giant Anthem off-road since I bought Kate the XTC a few months ago. I have been riding her to work quite often but this was her first time on dirt in a long time. It took me 10km to get used to her not-so-tight cornering, non-carbon weight, dual suspension and longer wheel base.
I was heading out to Mt Stromlo mid morning for a short spin and with some time to spare I went home and swapped Zooey out for Kate. I was glad I did as I met up with Bermers Roger and Alyssa and followed them around one of the Scott 24 Hour loops. After finishing my ride with 14.2km under the wheels I packed up my bike and gear and went home with a total of 92.4km for the week.