Photo right: Simon McRae, Dan Drake and Andrew Atkins in their Team.Factor shirts with SA supporter Paul Bonner

For the third year a group of cyclists led by Dr Simon McRae and Andrew Atkins will ride as Team.Factor to take on the BUPA Challenge Tour on Friday 23 January 2015. The Tour will start in Glenelg and finish in Mount Barker in South Australia – over 150 km!

They will be fundraising for their favourite cause – Haemophilia Foundation Australia.


The BUPA Challenge Tour is part of the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, the first stop on the world elite cycling calendar. It gives regular cyclists the opportunity to ride the same Stage 4 route on the same day as the elite cyclists in the Tour Down Under.

It will also be a fantastic time for cycling enthusiasts to be part of the event that farewells Cadel Evans, the Australian cycling champion, who has announced that the 2015 Tour Downunder will be his final Union Cycliste Internationale World Tour event before he retires.


Are you  keen and fit cyclist? In 2015 you too can come to South Australia and join Team.Factor in the BUPA Challenge Ride!

Headed by Royal Adelaide Hospital Haemophilia Centre Director Dr Simon McRae and haemophilia nurse Andrew Atkins, Team.Factor so far also includes haematologist Uwe Hahn, Hospital at Home nurse Dan Drake, and friend Phil Shaw from Shaw Family Vintners. They are eager to have other riders from around Australia to join them in the Team.Factor team.

Worried that you are not fit enough for the full ride? You do have the option of joining at later starting points and don’t have to do the entire distance. Team.Factor encourages you to give it a go. “Even though it’s timed, it’s not a race, but a charity/fun ride,” says Andrew Atkins, “and everyone rides at their own pace.”

To join Team.Factor all you need to do is:


We are calling on all South Australians to come and cheer the team on at key spots in Glenelg, Willunga, Mount Compass, Macclesfield and the finish line at Mount Barker.

Contact Natashia Coco at HFA if you would like to be part of Team.Factor support at the event – email her at or phone 1800 807 173.

You can also support Team.Factor on their fundraising web page.

Team Factor
Team.Factor members: Andrew Atkins, Dan Drake, Simon McRae and Uwe Hahn

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