Multi year rider, Lisa Cox, talks about her connection to dementia, training rides and an event day with some tough conditions.
Why were you inspired to take part in 2018’s B2B?
Having seen firsthand with my grandmother and other close family friends how devastating this disease can be, I wanted to be part of the event to help raise the much-needed funds and awareness to assist others now and into the future. Watching your loved ones disappear in front of you is heartbreaking, and if the money we raise during B2B can help with finding a cure, and prevent others from one day having to go through that then it is totally worth it.
How was the day?
The day was tough with lots of different conditions, but so much more rewarding than I had anticipated. Starting in howling wind with grey and overcast skies and some rain was not ideal, but everyone still had smiles on their faces ready to take on the challenge. The support from those in your ride group, the support vehicles, or those at the check points was amazing. Everyone was so encouraging of each other and made the day so enjoyable.
How did you find the organised training rides?
The training rides were great to get some confidence, meet others doing the ride and get some good training kms in. The best thing about cycling for me is the social aspect of it and being able to chat with others, and hear about their story and why they were taking part.
Did your riding and fitness improve from taking part?
It certainly did. Unfortunately, I had a few injuries leading into the ride, but I definitely felt there was a fitness improvement. Having the organised training rides really means you have no excuses to not get fitter and stronger.
Are you taking part in the 2019 B2B?
I am registered and I’ll be doing the ride again this year with my husband, its been so nice to be able to take this on together. We are already putting in the hours on the bike to make sure there are no injuries this year. I’m really looking forward to it and keeping everything crossed for great conditions.
We’ll also both be heading down to Brighton (flying not cycling!) to cheer on those who have taken on the epic challenge of riding Bondi to Brighton, what a huge effort. I can’t wait to cheer everyone in and say congrats on an amazing achievement.
How did you raise money for the ride?
Last year and this year has been about reaching out to friends, family and work colleagues. Most people have been impacted by the disease and are so supportive and willing to contribute. This year I am hoping to do some bake sales at work, as well as a Christmas in July themed dinner. I have also used social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn and will be more active on Instagram as the months go on. So far its worked and I’m off to a flying start.
Would you recommend B2B to others?
I would absolutely recommend the ride to anyone who feels strongly about supporting Dementia Australia, or who want to complete a challenge with like-minded people whilst checking out some amazing scenery on the way. The ride is challenging enough without being undo-able, supportive, fun and for a great cause – why wouldn’t you want to do it!!