Team.Factor took on the 2019 Challenge Tour in South Australia once again on Saturday 19 January 2019. The ride was from Glenelg to Strathalbyn, just over 158.70kms. This was the same route and on the same day as the professional elite cyclists in Stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under.
The team who took on the challenge this year included Andrew Atkins, Uwe Hahn, Philip Shaw, Cameron Cramey, Dan Drake and Bradley Clausen. Some of Team.Factor you may know from the South Australia Haemophilia Treatment Centre or the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and they were all are keen to support their cause with this challenging ride.
Team.Factor’s chosen charity is Haemophilia Foundation Australia and they have raised just over $600. We thank everyone who made a donation supporting the team.
It’s not too late to make donation - visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/team-factor-2019-challenge-tour.
Andrew Atkins, Nurse Consultant at the SA HTC and the organiser of Team.Factor, wrote:
‘The full Challenge Tour this year took the riders (including Uwe, Dan and Cameron) from Glenelg at 6 am south through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Sellicks Hill (King of the Mountain) and on to Willunga. From here the course tracked down to Yankalilla then inland through Inman Valley to Victor Harbor, then along the coast to Goolwa, and finishing 35 km later in Strathalbyn. A whopping total of 160 km but (apparently!) a less strenuous ride than previous years.
‘Willunga was the second starting site for those smart enough to know they couldn't do the full journey (i.e., Brad, Phil and myself) - a much more realistic 100 km... We set off at 7 am and despite making an average speed of 25 km/hr were still overtaken by Dan and Uwe 15 km before the end (damn!).
‘A great ride, with enjoyable scenery along winding hills and valley roads. Well worth the effort for those keen on cycling.
‘Thanks to the Team and a special thanks to those who donated to HFA.’