Steven Ellison

January Distance Challenge

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My target 1500kms

Day 25

Due to a broken air conditioner , smoke inundating my home from the Cherry Gardens fire I had trouble sleeping so I got up and out on my bike just after 3:30am.  Knowing that 50km's away was Murphy's Cafe Bakery at North Haven/Outer Harbour I headed North.  I was there by 5:15am but he had forgotten to turn the coffee machine on!  Oh, well, a chance to chat while the machine warmed up! Coffee only as I resisted the array of bakery goods! Before leaving there it started to rain. That was almost pleasant !
The rain was ok but the mixing of smoke turned me and my riding gear a heavily spotted/streaky charcoal ! 
Oh well, arriving home at 8am , a much darker colour than when I left, I manage to knock of the final 100km's of my 1,500km goal for January. 
My totals for day 25 of the challenge are 1,506km's and $1,305 raised! 
The last 3 days of the month I will be away for a quiet weekend with Lynn, my other half, after she has been so supportive through the challenge so I have only three days left to add to these totals.  
I'm over the moon at the number of donations I have received during these challenging times!

Day 17 of 31, 1,000km's of 1,500km Goal reached.

Today I joined Pat's Ride for  a Reason hills ride to Mt Lofty. I'm guessing there were 30 or so riders in the group today.
I drove to Glenelg so I could add about 20 km's to the ride. 
 Setting out from Eastwood we headed to Mt Lofty via the old South Eastern Freeway up past Eagle On The Hill. As we reach the bollards at Crafers it started drizzling .  
We headed up to Mt Lofty and regrouped at the gates. There was no point going into the lookout as the drizzle reduced visibility to next to nothing. 
From there we headed towards Ashton , skipping past it, and down Norton Summit road.
I added a little too much hurry on the Norton descent and found myself a little ahead of the group. That was ok, I had studied the route the night before so I knew where the coffee shop we were grouping at the end of the ride was.  Where I ended up didn't seem to match what I expected  so I retraced my steps and searched The Parade and Kensington Rd to no avail! I missed out on the coffee and chat and just rode back to Glenelg. 
I should have believed in my memory in the first place! Next time I will know!  So $256 to to get to my $1,000 target and 500km's in the next 14 days to get to 1,500km's.

Day 11 of 31

Fatigue has settled in but I'm managing it. A 50km ride today takes me to 651 km so far, from my 1,500km target.  A change from cold mornings of late with 27C at 6am, half way through my ride today. These shorter rides I have been doing without breakfast with a 250ml skinny latte half way through the ride. Effort levels are mainly based on endurance/aerobic endurance power levels to minimise fatigue and maintain base fitness. I fuel myself  well for any rides longer than 2 hours or harder efforts.  It's a tough world right now which makes finding donations difficult. I am convinced I will not reach my donations goal but an determined to reach my riding goal.

Update, day 6

To achieve my goal of 1,500 km's in January I will need to average 50km's per day for 30 of the 31 days.  I'm currently on track with 349km's complete with 25 days left.  I need to do a few longer rides to give me a buffer for bad days or illness.  

I'm Riding for a reason in January

I am dedicating this January to ride 1,500 km’s  to support the many South Australians impacted by cancer. Did you know that every day 28 South Australians hear the words ‘You have cancer’.

The money raised through Ride for a reason enables Cancer Council to fund vital prevention, research, advocacy and support programs that save lives.

With one in two Australians diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, the need to find better ways to detect and treat cancer is real.

Donate to support my ride so together we can work towards a cancer free future!

My Achievements

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Self Donation

Reached $ Target

Reached my ride goal

10 Donations

Jersey – Raised $500

Raised $1500

Thank you to my Sponsors


Bill Grigfs

Well done Steve.


David And Chris

Great effort Steve on the ks and the $.





Almost enough for the RFAR jersey


David Prior

Keep going... do you have a theme song you sing to yourself while riding?



Great effort Steve, always pleased to help when it’s a good cause.


Jolie Barton


State Of Mind Coffee

Keep going mate!!


Keith Davies

Well done Steve. Having had my own cancer battle I know how much research means.


Claire & Ian Lowde


Mike Walkden

Well done Steve - great cause


Andrew Supple

Keep up the great work.


David Ellison

Well done on a big target for a good cause




Keith Beames

Go Steve.....cycle are a champion


Ian King

Good luck Steve


Dani Schmidt

Hey Steve So impressed with your early morning jaunts


Dean Griffiths

Brilliant cause, great work Steve!


Michael Fraser

All the best with your fundraising and riding goal for January 2021.


Steven Ellison


Ian And Belinda

Such a great cause to raise money and awareness for. Well done to you 😊


Jo Marling

Done Steve good luck.


Carl Salt

Great work Steve.


Mike Stewart

Great effort Steve!


Larry Peterson


Lyn Woodyatt

For Jolie & in memory of Sandra. Good luck Steve.


David Burn


Kerry Dillon


Georg Thierry

Nice work Steve! We've all been touched by the big C .. directly or indirectly.


Andrew Watts


Dan And Jodie

Great work Steve


Rene Melgar

Great work, I admire your consistency in cycling.


Elaine & Robert Manson

Well done Steve, your doing something very special here. Blessings as you ride. Known your in our thoughts and heartss for the fiinal kms


De Greer


Diane Wiese


Sharon Swan


Michael Fraser


Rob Dobson

Keep up the good work :)


Sharlene Harding

keep those pedals spinnng!



You are Awesome 👏 🤟🚴🏻


Rob Dobson

$3 to tie you over the $1500 mark