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16th Annual Bike Ride

Friday 27 May - Monday 27 June

Details

Start:
Friday 27 May
End:
Monday 27 June
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Venue

RACV Noosa Resort
94 Noosa Drive
Noosa Heads, QLD 4567 Australia
In light of COVID-19, the 16th Annual Bike Ride which was originally scheduled for May was postponed until November and has now been cancelled for 2020.  We would like to thank all those that supported this event including the bike riders and their sponsors.  We are thrilled to announce that $120,000 has been received in donations which is an amazing result.  We look forward to hosting this event in November 2021.
$200,000 TARGET
60%
In light of COVID-19, the 16th Annual Bike Ride which was originally scheduled for May was postponed until November and has now been cancelled for 2020.  We would like to thank all those that supported this event including the bike riders and their sponsors.  We are thrilled to announce that $120,000 has been received in donations which is an amazing result.  We look forward to hosting this event in November 2021.
$200,000 TARGET
100%

PROGRESS AS OF
04/07/2022

$200,000

From the above total $68,873 has been donated through Grassrootz, with the rest of the funds through direct donations.

Sponsor a rider by making a tax deductible donation to this event.

Thank you for your support!

Riders

Peter Crowther, Richard Connell, Steve Girdis, Anthony Goldsworthy, Neil Israelsohn, Carl Lundberg, David Moffatt, James Hodgkinson, Jeremy Norton, Jools Emblin, Rob Crowe, Melanie Bennett, Peter Beaumont, Joe Fitzpatrick, Stephen Trickey, John Feeney, David Beak, Steve Anthony, Geoff Carrick, Adrian Atherton, Ross Ellice-Flint, Daniel Fink, Gary Hall, Absent: David Pegley.

Support

Claire Allen, Manon Gorge, Barry Irvin, Michelle Jocum, Trish Karedis, Mike Norton, Phillippa Talbot, Andrew Taylor

2022 Update

A bike ride has been held every year from 2005 until 2019 with a two year pause because of COVID. We achieved our target to raise $100,000 for each of Giant Steps Sydney and Giant Steps Melbourne to contribute towards over $5 million required after government funding to run the schools and adult programs. Over 18 years, we have raised over $3.7 million including over $250,000 during the two COVID years when no event was held.

Thank you to our riders and their supporters for their wonderful generosity and to our amazing support team who organise a great event and support the riders so well. The number of riders was down this year because some regulars were traveling post COVID. We received substantial donations from absent riders including Lindy Shelmerdine, Col McKeith, Neil Schafer, Will Liley, Bruce Cameron, Jim Sullivan, Mike Hawker and David and Caroline Clarke.

Giant Steps continues to make a huge difference to the lives of its students, young adults and their families.

Friday Route

110km, 1294m Elevation Gain

To view Friday’s route click here.

Saturday Route

118km, 1394m Elevation Gain

To view Saturday’s route click here.

2022 Photos

To view photos from Friday click here
To view photos from Saturday click here

For information on autism and Giant Steps go to About Giant Steps.

Sponsor a rider by making a tax deductible donation to this event.

Thank you for your support!

Further Details

The Giant Steps 3 Day Bike Ride has been an annual event since 2005 to raise money for Giant Steps Sydney and Melbourne, supporting children and adults on the autism spectrum. We are delighted that this event will be resuming after two years when it had to be cancelled because of COVID. Giant Steps was able to continue delivering virtually full services throughout COVID albeit with adaptations to achieve social distancing and other measures to minimise risks. Even without the event, our regular riders donated over $150,000 towards the non event. This supplemented special government funding such as JobKeeper to help cover the costs of running the schools and adult programs.

The 2022 bike ride will again be based at Noosa. As spaces are limited to 40 riders, participation is by invitation only.

Accommodation

RACV Noosa Resort

Training

Click here for the suggested training schedule prepared by Rob Crowe

Sponsor a rider

You can sponsor a rider through making a tax deductible donation by clicking on the “Sponsor a Rider Sydney” or “Sponsor a Rider Melbourne” buttons which will take you through to Grassrootz.

For donations above $500 you can make a direct deposit by contacting Michelle Jocum at michelle.jocum@giantsteps.net.au

 

The Ride

Friday

101 km with 1,000 metres ascent.
Option of an alternate route back to Noosa after lunch, with an additional 8km.

Click to view: MapMyRide Friday Route
Click to view: Alternate route with additional 8 km

Click to view: Friday Ride Book

Saturday

119.78km, total ascent of 1169m

Click to view: MapMyRide Saturday Route

Click to view: Saturday Ride Book

Sunday

The Sunday ride will be a relaxed ride for about 1 hour to the top of Gwyndler Drive and back.

 

Background

Over the past 15 years we have raised over $3.55 million. Our target for 2022 is to raise $200,000 towards the $5 million needed to cover the gap between the $10 million that it will cost to run Giant Steps Sydney and Melbourne and the $5m that is expected to be received from government.

The money raised from the bike rides has enabled Giant Steps to erect three playgrounds, convert a derelict building into a library and continue to improve the services provided to students and their families. It also facilitated the establishment of a post-school program and an extension to the Early Learning Building. The Llewellyn-Jones Medical Clinic was founded by a donor who is affiliated with the bike ride. The 2019 bike ride helped enable the school to enrol additional students in Sydney and Melbourne, build a new playground and adapt to the introduction of NDIS.

For information on autism and Giant Steps go to About Giant Steps.

In review

The Giant Steps 3 Day Bike Ride is an annual event to raise money for Giant Steps.  The 2019 ride was again based in Noosa.

37 riders participated in the event:

Steve Ainsworth, Ayllie Allen, Shani Anderson, Steve Anthony, Adrian Atherton, Peter Beaumont, Simon Benson, Bruce Cameron, Geoff Carrick, Caroline and David Clarke, Richard Connell, Rob Crowe, Peter Crowther, Felicity Dales, Ian Davis, Shaun Dwyer, Ross Ellice-Flint, Jools Emblin, John Feeney, Nathan Feldman, Joe Fitzpatrick, Stephen Girdis, Rupert Guinness, Katja Gordon, Peter Gregory, Michael Hawker, Neil Israelsohn, Will Liley, Carl Lundberg, Col McKeith, Jeremy Norton, David Pegley, David Moffatt, Tristram Sheehan, Lindy Shelmerdine, Chris Williams.

The course covered 260 km climbing 3,000 metres.  Routes and elevation charts can be found on the MapMyRide links.

​Click to view: MapMyRide Friday Route

Click to view: MapMyRide Saturday Route

Click to view: Friday Ride Book

Click to view: Saturday Ride Book

As at 8 May this year’s ride has raised $189,295 with $16,342 expected in dollar matching so we shall exceed our target of $200,000.

A big thank you to our riders and their sponsors for their generosity and to our wonderful Support Team of Claire Allen, Alison Beaumont, Daniel Fink, Barry Irvin, Michelle Jocum, Trish Karedis, Mike Norton, Phillippa Talbot and Andrew Taylor.

Over the past 15 years we have raised over $3.5 million.

Money raised will go towards the $5 million needed to cover the gap between the $10 million that it will cost to run Giant Steps Sydney and Melbourne and the $5m expected to be received from government.

You are still able to sponsor a rider by making  a tax deductible donation either through Everydayhero by clicking here, or for donations above $500 by making a direct deposit by contacting Michelle Jocum at michelle.jocum@giantsteps.net.au

For information on Autism and Giant Steps please click here.

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