The Bridge to Brooklyn
Cycle for sarcoma
Robbie is a triple Tour de France green jersey winner, and at his peak, one of the world's fastest men's road cycling sprinters. He has ridden the Tour de France 12 times, and has raced European teams for some 16 seasons, such as Dutch - Rabobank & Farm Frites, Belgian - Lotto, Russian - Katusha, USA - RadioShack, before he signed with the new Australian team GreenEDGE, which obtained a ProTeam licence for the 2012 season. Robbie now utilises his extensive cycling experience to provide commentary for major events of the world cycling calendar.
Grant was an elite amateur based in Switzerland, he rode for Cilo Wegner Sports Life, and rode the European circuit, until he was named captain of the Australian National mens road cycling team (1991-1996) under German coach, Heiko Salzwedal. It was here he welcomed a talented young amateur by the name of Robbie McEwen to the national team.
The ride began at the Sydney Harbour Bridge steps - Milsons Point, and proceeded through the picture perfect Berowra Valley National Park to the gateway of the Hawkesbury River – Brooklyn. After a fabulous brunch in Brooklyn, it was time to do it all again. The weather was glorious, and the ride finished safely at Milsons Point, in time for a sumptuous lunch at The Deck.
Robbie and Grant were joined by ride leaders Pro-Continental St George Continental Cycling Team, Dan Bonello, Editor of Cyclist Magazine, Alex Malone and Team Novo Nordisk rider, Justin Morris. With special guest photographer and rider Marcus Enno aka Beardy McBeard to capture all the action. Marcus flew out the following day to cover the Giro d'Italia, and the Tour de France.
The course was particularly challenging and laced with surprises such as an unsealed ascent out of Crosslands Reserve, a ferry ride to cross Calna Creek, and barge ride across the sparkling Hawkesbury River.
We would like to thank those dedicated cyclists who gave up their time to ride this challenging course, and in doing so, to raise awareness for sarcoma, and to realise the inception of The Comprehensive Sarcoma Centre, at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. Thanks must also go to Will Levy and his team from Two Wheel Tours, whose organisation of the event was faultless.
The purpose for this ride was to heighten the awareness of sarcoma, and to stimulate funding for critical research under the auspices of the Comprehensive Sarcoma Centre, within Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. This will provide much needed hope for patients like Cooper, who stage an ongoing battle with this debilitating cancer.