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Peter Sheppard

40th MS Gong Ride Classic

Fundraising Rank: 50

I'M RIDING 0KM THIS OCTOBER
TO FIGHT MS

I'm taking the Challenge to fight MS!

Next May, I am taking part in the 40th MS Gong Ride!

Since 1981, this iconic ride has raised funds to help fight MS and I'm now part of this incredible legacy.

Why am I fundraising?

It’s quite staggering to think that multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other chronic neurological condition. The average age of diagnosis is 30 years, and there is no known cure.

Every person’s MS varies, but some of the symptoms are not being able to see properly (or at all), loss of balance, ability to walk, pins and needles, and chronic pain.

Your support will help people with multiple sclerosis receive the vital support, treatments, and services to help them live well at home, remain connected to work, and be part of the community.

Thank you again for your support!

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Monday 7th Nov
Wollongong

First Rest Stop

Monday 7th Nov

Ride Report

Monday 7th Nov
So today was a real mix: some excellence, but mixed in with a lot of frustration. The day started well - a clear ride down to the start at Tempe Park (Princes Highway is an OK, if not great, ride at 6.30 on a Sunday morning). Then off to a slightly early start - just before 6.55, then a steady, uncrowded, and fairly quick tip down to the shire. The weather had started mild, but soon warmed up, to the point that I was beginning to feel warm even by Brighton-le-Sands. The climb up to Loftus went well - no big interruptions, and a good run of lights. Stopping at Loftus was my second mistake; the first was to have accepted a 7am staring slot. With a 3-year break since the last event, I'd forgotten the importance of getting through Engadine before too many of the short course riders started. Sadly, I passed through Engadine at about 8.30, after all of them seemed to have left, and soon hit quite a deal of congestion on the Highway-side. But I was still making a reasonable pace, doing quite a bit of over-taking. Then we arrived at Waterfall. Exactly what happened isn't clear: there may have been an accident; or it may just have been caution on the part of the organisers. Whichever, there was a slow-moving and often stationary crowd that I reckon peaked at a few thousand, slowly shuffling from the off-ramp to McKell Avenue onto the Avenue via the station car-park. This was the point at which I really lost time - on my reckoning, about 80 minutes or so. As it was warming up, I was keen to get cracking. McKell Avenue itself is in a poor state: I'd seen the state of it while bushwalking in autumn and had assumed the ride woudl be cancelled if works hadn't progressed. Well, by and large, they haven't: a bit of gravel has been swept up and potholes plugged, but not the major work, including reconstruction of about 50 metres of lane, that is required. That made for tricky cycling, and I saw evidence of two riders wearing the costs of over-confidence and excessive speed; I suspect there were more. Once in the park, the ride was warm, dry, but mostly uncontested, and I made decent time up to Stanwell Tops. Again, that steep descent is something of which I'm much less of a fan than most. With the delay at Watefall, it was now getting on toward 11 and getting quite warm. Rode on, stopping briefly at the Primary School rest stop, to arrive at a rather barren park in Wollongong just past 12, still in good fettle - I managed to overtake in the last 5 km - but a bit disappointed to have taken over 5 hours from start to finish. So, the lesson for next year is to start earlier! Attached is a selection of photos from the day.

(Forgot to mention that the day was capped off with my worst rail experience since the days of CityFail: caught the train from Fairy Meadows at about 12.30, only to arrive at Redfern at 3.20, having spent more time standing (mostly while staff dealt with faults in the doors) than moving. So a much abridged afternoon)

Prep

Tuesday 11th Oct
So, had a bad run up to the Blackmores run. To make up, I’m getting my cycling up: 82 km weekend before last; skipped last weekend (weather wasn’t good) and another 80 this weekend with the Spring Cycle.

Thank you to all my generous donors for making this worthwhile 

Thank you to my Sponsors

$700

Sir Cyril Yuri Gobstopper

$316.50

Angela Lam & Ricky Lee

$300

Ian Ferrier

$263.75

Carl

As always, I'm glad it's you and not me. Ride hard!!

$263.75

Michael Tiyce

$250

Anonymous

$165

Peter Sheppard

$158.25

Angus And Belinda

$158.25

Peter Leech

$150

Turnkey Ips

Peter, on behalf of the Turnkey team we would like to wish you the best of luck on this challenging undertaking for a great cause!

$150

Anonymous

$105.50

Thomas Russell

Good on you Shep, you're a good man. Wishing you fair weather and a tail wind!

$105.50

John Maddison

$105.50

Brett Silvia

Well done Peter!

$105.50

Stephen Mcdonald

$100

Mark Jappe

$100

Helen Kwaka

Woo-hoo enjoy the ride….!

$100

Helen Sheppard

$100

Khaled Metlej & Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers

Great effort Peter! We are happy to be able to support you in this worthwhile endeavor

$73.85

Damien Scholefield

$73.85

Kirrily Thornton Parkes

$52.75

Anonymous

Peter, wishing you the best of luck!

$52.75

David Hartstein

$52.75

Julian Carter

Good luck

$52.75

Xiaoyan Lin

Well done Peter.

$52.75

Yari Mccall

$52.75

Shauna Jarrett

$52.75

Samantha Mills

Good luck!!

$52.75

Max Wilson

Hope the ride goes well.

$52.75

Thea Eszenyi

Well done

$50

Pauline Yeow

$50

David Colovic

$50

Wendy Jacobs

Beautiful day for it !

$21.10

Anonymous

$20

Teresa

Well done Peter!

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