November 2015 The annual Sea2Summit2Sea challenge got underway this morning, with riders facing a 472km cycle and 8,849 vertical climb over two days in support of Redkite.
Last year generous participants and their supporters in the challenge raised over $47,000 for children and young people with cancer.
Starting at sea level in Meriumbula today, the riders will continue to Jindabyne via Mount Kosciuszko, then return to Merimbula tomorrow.
Father to two boys, Jack Singleton has been a Sea2Summit2Sea participant for four consecutive years and says he spends three to four months training for this epic challenge.
“My foundation is built on a weekly indoor session at Turbo Studio. I do a hard ride mid-week, like ten laps of Centennial Park as fast as I can go, and a longer ride on the weekend. So four to six hours of training all up (per week). Quality rather than quantity,” he says.
“When I first bought my bike five years ago, the blokes at the bike shop took one look at me and jokingly suggested I should do the Sea2Summit. I did not have the physique of a cyclist-putting it mildly!”
For Jack, cycling in the challenge has been a life-changing experience. Not only has his fitness improved, but he’s made lifelong friends, seen some amazing scenery, and has generously helped make a positive difference in the lives of young people experiencing cancer and its ongoing effects.
“I continue to be inspired by the work Redkite does, and by anyone crazy enough to sign up for this ride,” Jack says.
To support the Sea2Summit2Sea riders for Redkite, visit this link.