For the fifth year in a row Team.Factor rode in the gruelling 2017 BUPA Challenge Tour to fundraise for their favourite cause – Haemophilia Foundation Australia.
Team.Factor is led by Dr Simon McRae and Andrew Atkins from the Haemophilia Treatment Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The BUPA Challenge Tour was held on Friday 20 January 2017 and allows regular cyclists to ride the same Stage 4 route as the elite cyclists in the Santos Tour Down Under. In 2017, this was from Norwood to Campbelltown, South Australia, a total of 157.5 kms.
“This was the longest BUPA ride yet but possibly one of the most enjoyable,” said Andrew Atkins.
“On a perfect day for riding, cool and cloudy, 13 of us set off from Norwood for the Bupa Challenge Tour 2017. Within a few kilometres we were riding uphill, and it seemed much of the ride this year was just that – uphill. The King of the Mountain ride was thankfully near the start, not the end like last year, and was a gruelling (if short) 15 – 17 degree ascent. A few light and brief showers were a relief, and as usual there were plenty of refuelling stops along the way.
"The Adelaide hills are beautiful to ride through and this route was no exception. Much of the last 30 km was a scenic descent down Gorge Rd to the finish. We all rode at our own pace with no dramas/incidents, and most of us managed to find each other at the end amongst the 6000 other riders."
Thank you to the Team.Factor riders – Simon Mcrae, Andrew Atkins, Brad Clausen, Uwe Hahn, Kobie von Wielligh, Erich von Wielligh, Thomas Viljoen, Mariette Boshoff, Marthinus Boshoff, Alex Nicholson, Dan Drake, Cameron Cramey and Leon Langenhoven.
Haemophilia Foundation Australia thanks the team for their mighty effort and to all their supporters who made donations. It’s not too late to support Team.Factor – visit their web page at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/team-factor-bupa-challenge-tour-1.
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