Peaks Challenge for Kath

By Chris O'Connor

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My target 235kms

Challenge COMPLETED !

After a massive day of cycling - Ben and I crossed the line with an official time of 12 hrs and 36 mins...

We rode through sunshine, drizzle, fog, mist, mud - and everything in between.   The top of MT. HOTHAM was 3 degrees - and the lunch break afterwards was carnage - lots of people shivering, and many quitting out.

Over 230 people didn't finish.

But we did - after carving through the fog at the top of FALLS CREEK towards the finish - the road unwinding ahead of us - 4-5m at a time...    

Incredible - and - raised over $5,600 - thanks everyone for the support, and generous donations.

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Here's the official highlights reel - the finishers were a few hours ahead of us !

(We couldn't even see the lake - I knew it was out there somewhere - but fog was so thick by the time we came through there)

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Over $4000 - only a few days to go

Thanks again to all the wonderful supporters - and kind donations.

I've now raised over $4000 - which equates to $1 per metre of climbing.

The event is on Sunday (it's now Thursday) - I'm equal parts excited + nervous - but I'm pretty sure I'm ready.

There was an article in the HeraldSun yesterday - which was nice to see - the kids thought Dad was pretty cool.     tongue-out

I'm sure Kath would be amazed at all the outpouring of good-will, and vibes - and donations.

Thanks again - next update will be AFTER the event !

Over $2000 in 10 days

Thanks everyone who has donated, I'm a little overwhelmed.

I'm feeling nervous about the big ride event, in a little over two weeks from now - some training rides planned for the weekend, and light gym work - and will then ease off, and rest + eat well.

Kath would be so amazed at the generosity of friends - she'll be with me in spirit on the big ride.

I've increased my goal to DOUBLE - maybe I could reach $4000 !

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Peaks Challenge for Kath

On November 16th 2019, my sister Kath lost her battle with Ovarian cancer - she was only 45. 

Over the previous five years, she endured a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, remission, relapse, spinal surgery (resulting in her last 6 months in a wheelchair), as well as a brain tumour, that ultimately took her from us. 

I had initially set myself a big challenge to raise money for a 'hand-control' car, for more independence, and mobility, with her being in a wheelchair.  

I still have the same big challenge, but now it's a tribute to her, and the amazing life she led.

On March 8th, I'm participating in the 'Three Peaks Challenge' bike ride, being held at Falls Creek.   For non-cyclists, it's best described as a "day" in the Tour De France.    For cyclists, you'll understand what I'm faced with, as it's a ride of 235km - and 4000m of climbing.   Neither of these, I've done before.

As a perspective on the event, there is a 13 hour cut-off window.   I'll hopefully do it in less than 12 hours.

https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/peaks-challenge/

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Please support my efforts, and ensure that this 'tribute' to Kath is something that will help support the Cancer Council in their mission for a cancer free future.

Because 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, I’m putting my body to the test to raise funds and show my support.     

I can surely put my body to the test for only 12 hours - Kath did it for 5 years.

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Please sponsor me to support cancer research and provide vital services for Australians living with cancer.

Thank you for your generous donation. Together, we can free the future from cancer.

Thank you to my Supporters

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Tcm

Chris you are an inspiration, a do-er with a very large amount of guts. Love ya work. You deserve every bit of the support you are seeing, we are all with you on the day - as I am sure your sister will be too. Now I am off to google e-bikes so I can keep you next time we ride :) ...

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Beaufield Drafting

Good luck mate, you can do it.

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Katie Scott

Got you to 4k 😁

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Ann O'connor

Good luck on the ride and thanks fir the effort

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Liz Denniston

You're awesome Chris. I know Kath will be with you all the way xxx

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Grant Mcwhirter

Good luck Chris, we're all backing you and it's an amazing effort by you to take on this challenge.

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Kevin Skidmore

Pedal damn it

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Andy N

It's going to be a wonderful, emotional tribute to her Chris. Unfortunate that you have to do it with Ben, but, you know, he's trying as well. Trying being the operative word.

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Nathan Peterson

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Phillip Healey

Go Chris

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Pamela O'connor & Barry O'connor

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Dancol

I was very sad to read your post. All the best Chris.

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David Parlby

I’ve got full faith you’ll smash this Chris. You’re a great guy for doing this in memory of your sister.

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Redline Two P/l

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Mark Rhodes

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Pookie

E'Connor will smash it. Enjoy the adventure.

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Kelvin Little

All the best for tomorrow mate, lots of inspiration to keep you going out there, will be thinking of you through the day! 👍👍

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Luke Thompson

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Alex And Rachel

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Peter Sartori

Best wishes for a safe ride with the wind at your back and the sun in your face.

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George P

Good luck mate

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Anonymous

Good luck Chris, Kath would be proud!

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David Ross

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Chris O'connor

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Terry

Wish I was fit enough to ride with you and Ben. Enjoy the hills.

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Jacquie & Fam

Kath would be proud, O’C - as are we! xx

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Simon Dowsett

Good luck on the ride Chris

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Ed Hossam

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Michael Brain

Good on you Chris!!

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Matt & Stef Tan

Well done Chris. Great cause and big ride!

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Kellie Cardell

Hi Chris, So sorry to hear about your loss. Im going through the same with my sister now at 49. Wishing you the best of luck on your ride x

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Kirsten Glenwright

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Pat Moricca

Best of luck! A great reason and a great cause.

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Elaine Van Bergen

Good luck with the ride for an excellent cause.

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Emma Pryce-baxter

An amazing tribute to your sister Chris and a challenge and a half of a ride! Best of luck with it.

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Troy And Nic

Hey Chris, best of luck. So sorry to learn the news...I'm sure she'll sub in when needed if the cadence drops. Say congrats to Ben too.

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Mark & Yvette

So proud of you!! She’s got your back on this and will push you up every climb.

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Andrew Bailey

Good luck Chris

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Kirk

All the best Chris, a very fitting tribute and cause. I look forward to watching you drop us on our next ride now you have become a climber.

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Rohan Charrett

Good Lick Chris. This is an epic way to raise money and celebrate Kath’s life

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Jimmy Russell

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Glaucco

I was supposed to be doing Peaks this year... have done so in the last 2 years. However my little guy Zac who is 3 was diagnosed with Leukemia in November, fortunately he's doing very well... but no riding for me this year... Ride strong!

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Anonymous

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Nigel Quirk

Hi Chris, what a wonderful effort, Ben told me what your mission was. The best of luck. Drop Ben on the first incline :)

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Paul Skaraiev

Great effort Chris! Keep pedalling!

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Bruno M Lanceleaux

Well done Chris! Awesome work mate!

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Clare Sherman

Very well done yesterday to an exceptional brother

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Wassenberg Family

Well done Coach Chris, we wish you all the very best on your ride. Enjoy the elevation. An amazing tribute to your sister.

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Friedo Ligthart

Good luck Chris! We're all behind you… I mean it, wait for us… we're all behind you :) Have a great ride

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Nichola Chandler

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Melina Kelsey

All the best Chris!

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Alice Hanna

Good luck guys! I’m watching your times in the tracking page. Almost there!!

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David Biggs

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Mark, Mandy, Millie & Jazz Grondman

Awesome work Chris!! I am sure Cath would be gushing with pride. ❤

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Van Kollenburg Family

A truly incredible effort already Chris! Best wishes with the ride, travel safe.

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Rachael Dunstan

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Adelle Talarico

Good luck Chris!

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Debbie Burgess

You’ve got this Chris! You’re a champion.

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David Beary

I admire what you're doing Chris! To raise vital funds for cancer research in commemoration of your dear sister is inspirational! I take my hat off to you mate! Good luck and I hope you conquer the 3 peaks!

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Tysen And Jett

Go Chris!!

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Laith Adel

Good effort chris, good cause

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Anonymous

Amazing work Chris! Good luck!

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Chris Shelly

Good luck and enjoy yourself out there tomorrow.

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Anthony Mann

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Belinda Glass

You’ve got this, Chris!!! Three cheers for you, and for Kath 💗💪🚲

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Andy Watt

A great tribute to your beautiful sister. Good luck!

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Michael Grummett

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Karen F

All the best for the ride Chris

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Amelia

I have no doubt you’ll do an amazing job! Rock on Mr O’Conner 🤘

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Ironwill Coaching

All the best for your massive endeavour!

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Trina And Ivahn Schoorman

Great work Chris!! love the Schoormans xx

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Justin Benson

Ride well Chris We at Team Bicycle Network will be with you around the course. Enjoy the day, it's a spectacular ride, which is what brings us back year after year, and helping riders like yourself is our inspiration. Cheers Justin

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Alex P

Best wishes for the ride!

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Tracy Cook

Good luck x

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Shuen

Good luck Chris! We at AF will be cheering you on!