Where lessons come from
Each evening during the ride becomes an informal “off-site”, a chance for leaders from all areas of industry, sports and the community to share their stories and lessons on leadership, resilience and motivation.
Our greatest inspiration during the bike ride is the children. Many of the kids we support turn out enroute and send videos which add real meaning to what we are trying to achieve. Rooms full of hardened country folk, professionals and elite sportspeople are regularly reduced to tears.
Seeing some of the kids the foundation supports gives you perspective in spades. There are families who would be house bound if the foundation didn’t supply them with portable oxygen cylinders or wheelchairs; parents who haven’t slept more than three hours in a row or had a single night away from their child in more than 10 years.
These really put the achievements of leaders in their respective field into true perspective.
The challenge of the ride pushes people to do things they never thought possible and push beyond boundaries that haven’t been passed before.
We had people riding with broken hands, pushing each other up massive hills, going up some of the steepest climbs in Australia with only three months riding experience under their belts. There was a constant refrain of, “Remember the kids from last night? Now tell me you can’t keep going”. And we’d just keep going.
Being surrounded by such an impressive group, all totally outside of their comfort zone, is always a learning experience. Not just about corporate life – and cycling - but life in general, the universe and everything. We often share our personal and professional life rollercoasters.