180 kilometres, longer than the average stage in this year’s Tour de France. It’s a solid day out for any cyclist, but it’s nothing compared to the challenges of mental illness and depression.
Raising funds for Lifeline services, Go for Broke follows a 180 kilometre course with 2,000 metres of climbing from Berowra, on the northern edge of Sydney, to Broke, in the Hunter Valley.
Realising the potential and positive impacts from exercise – specifically, cycling – has had on each other’s lives, Go for Broke wanted to make a bigger difference. Now in 2018, the event’s third edition has stayed true to it’s humble beginnings of a hard but rewarding day out on the bike in aid of a good cause.
In true spirit of the cause, this is a group ride and no one is left behind. Groups will be formed by pace, with turns on the front and stories shared for the first 165 kilometres. Support vehicles, rest stops and ferry crossings are included, but with KOM points on offer, make sure you and your bike are in good working order. Then, if there’s anything left in the legs, you can literally go for broke – with a 15 kilometre ‘sprint’ to the line.
The 2018 event builds on last year’s but to keep the ride enjoyable entries are capped at 100. So get in quick! Ticket price includes a jersey and there’s a ‘race cut’ upgrade for those taking it a little more seriously. There are no strict fundraising requirements for participating riders but Go for Broke are hoping to break records with $50,000 this year – with the help from riders and generous donations all going to the cause.
Head to www.goforbroke.org.au for full details and entry.
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Start: Berowra Park, Berowra
Finish: Broke, Hunter Valley
Vertical Ascent: 2,000 metres
If you or someone you know is experiencing a personal crisis & need help please contact Lifeline.