Sunday morning saw me race to Sydney Bridge – I achieved an Olympic time for this short distance as I had set my alarm incorrectly…….. I was astonished when my waiting friends rang to enquire as to my whereabouts? “I’m at home” instantly awake and realizing I shouldn’t be in my PJs’ but in lycra! The quickest dress and largest leap on to my prepared bike got me to our prearranged start and we were off.
Gear up girl is Bicycle NSW’s female only cycle, it encourages all ability cyclist to get on their bikes. My group started from Sydney Bridge because rail track works closed the train station at Burwood so we made a decision to meet the ride at its intersection on the Princes Highway in Tempe
We had a seamless ride, after my late arrival, enjoying the waterfront cycleway around Botany Bay , across the Taren Point Bridge then on the cycleway over the wetlands beside Woolooware Bay to Crunulla. Our gang opted to elongate our ride an extra 20km to Kurnell , out along Captain Cook Drive, through Botany Bay National Park.
Bicycle NSW says “The gear up girl challenge is ALL about being active, feeling good about yourself and making a difference by leading an environmentally friendly lifestyle” Bicycle NSW is proud to support TAD Disability Services as the gear up girl charity for 2014.
TAD Disability Services is the only charity in NSW which designs and builds custom equipment to enable people with disabilities to lead more independent lives. At TAD ” We believe that every individual has the right to equal opportunities and affordable equipment”
My girlfriends and I had a wonderful day, here’s what they said:
” Gorgeous fun-filled friend fueled fab day”,
” We rode, we talked, we had coffee, we smiled”,
” Thanks for getting us geared up once again”,
” What a great day, great company, glorious weather and great coffee on the beach.“
This event is well organised and I have to stress how vitally important TAD’s assistance is to people with disabilities. The TAD’s workforce includes retired engineers who volunteer their skills. The TAD team provides assessments free of charge and subsidizes the cost of Freedom Wheels Bikes to families who often face overwhelming financial hurdles.
Well done Bicycle NSW, well done girlfriends – we fund-raised for TAD’s to make a difference, to deliver adapted, custom-built pieces of equipment to facilitate a disabled person’s freedom!
For more information about TAD Disability Services please visit their website or call 1300 663 243. For more information on Gear Up Girl visit www.gearupgirl.com.au