COMPETITORS in the second annual Bravehearts Time Trial are anxiously counting down the days and scaling back the training kilometres - tapering in preparation for Sunday’s big race in the picturesque Samford Valley, west of Brisbane.
More than 70 cyclists will raise a combined $60,000 for Aussie kids and their families affected by child sexual assault in this exciting 43km replica pro cycling event.
They will be joined by pro reps from ORICA-GreenEDGE in the ‘race of truth’, where there’s nowhere to hide just the riders, their bikes - and the clock.
The racing will be beamed back onto the big screen at Samford Valley Parklands where a plethora of fun-filled family festivities are taking place. There will be a jumping castle for the kids, a barbecue breakfast and lunch put on by the soccer club and a coffee van.
Corporates are also set to pump pedals for this super cause with Brisbane law firm Clayton Utz, mattress-maker Sealy, Sci Fleet Motors, Von Bibra Auto Village, Onyx Property Group, Choice Home Loans and Skin Strong all vying for the prestigious title.
Catering for teams and individuals, the race includes many of the features of a professional time trial, such as ramp start, motorbike cameras and timing gates.
There are some great prizes on offer for the highest fundraisers, including a state-of-the-art Scott Bike and a $5000 travel voucher. An added incentive for clubs is a full page spread promoting their achievements in Multisport Magazine.
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston AM, praised the riders for their commitment to ‘cycle for a cause’ and encouraged the community to get along to what is a unique event.
“ORICA-GreenEDGE and the cycling community has really supported this fundraising event as Bravehearts continues to educate, empower and protect Australian children against sexual assault,” she says.
“Bravehearts has a vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child by 2020 and we can achieve this, but we rely on community support and events like this make a real difference.
“For the most part child sexual assault is preventable, it just requires adults to step up and to prioritise the safety of our kids.”
Cycling Queensland is once again partnering the event, with CEO Geoff Rynne labelling it a great opportunity for a cyclists.
“Bravehearts is an important cause offering vital services to children in need and this race combines a passion for cycling with a passion for protecting Aussie kids,” he says.