Rider, Nikki Waldron, shares her experience of the 2018 ride, how she dedicated it to her Grandfather and some tips on fundraising.
Why were you inspired to take part in 2018’s B2B?
My grandad passed away at the beginning of 2018 having suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years. Watching such a strong person deteriorate from this disease is heart breaking for all those who love them, so the opportunity to raise funds for an organisation that supports research into a cure appealed to me. Having moved to Sydney from London in June 2017 I started cycling more and so when I heard about B2B it sounded like the perfect challenge for me whilst allowing me to support a cause that is close to my heart. It also felt like a fantastic way to say my own goodbye to my grandad, having not been able to fly home for the funeral.
How was the day?
The ride itself was fantastic. I cannot speak highly enough of the ride captains and the organisation that went into supporting this ride. The wind could have played a bit nicer but at least it didn’t rain!
How did you find the organised training rides?
The training rides were great – each one was a new longest ride for me and increased my confidence both in riding as a group and in my own ability.
Did your riding and fitness improve from taking part?
Most definitely. As I mentioned above, each training ride was a new achievement for me and the confidence and riding fitness that I gained has enabled me to enjoy cycling more than before.
Are you taking part in the 2019 B2B?
I am registered and I’ll be doing the ride again this year! And I’ll be keeping a keen interest in the Bondi2Brighton ride as my partner Pete is joining this crazy crew riding to Melbourne!
How did you raise money for the ride?
I just asked friends and family to sponsor me as it was a large challenge for me… I’m taking advice from some friends and hosting a fundraising dinner (as I can no longer use the longest ride card!)
Would you recommend B2B to others?
I would, and have, recommended this ride to others as it is such a well organised and well supported event that raises money for such an important cause.