Mark Osborn

Road Raise 2021

It begins...

I have been making the first tentative steps back on the bike in recent weeks.  I have made a few solo efforts up to the old freeway in the morning to get myself used to the feeling of riding a bike again.  It was brutal on the first few, with Strava almost taking great joy in telling me that my times are SIGNIFICANTLY down on previous efforts.  It appears I used to be able to make it from the toll gate to the bollards in just on 30 minutes.  My first effort was 10 minutes shy of this mark.  I have managed to wrestle it back to 35, but I don't see where the next 5 is coming from without upgrading to an electric bike.  I reckon 10 less kilos may help find it also.

It is somewhat disheartening when, after a 25km ride, that your Garmin then tells you that you need 72 hours to recover.  Not once, but every damn time I've been up that hill.

I joined some of the other Road Raise crew on a ride through the hills on Sunday.  A little over 50Km's and 1100m in elevation, with 40hrs of recovery needed.  Go figure!?  It included the previously unknown pleasure of Parish Hill, which reaches a 23% gradient at points.  I only managed to glance at my Garmin and saw a 2 as the first figure in the gradient section, but someone assured me that it was 23%,  All I know is that it hurt.

Plenty more cycling planned in the coming weeks as the weather improves.  I don't really have a choice if I want to survive this thing.

I will endeavour to record my training updates in this blog for those of you who need some amusement during their day.

Help me to support young people living with cancer!

Hi There,

In March 2021 I am committed to make a difference in supporting young people when cancer crashes into their world.

CanTeen is the game changer - They help young people cope with cancer in their family, rebuild their foundations and connect with their peers in similar situations.

In April 2020 I was meant to be saddling up with 35+ like minded cyclists on an epic journey from Adelaide to Melbourne - over 7 days travellling more than 1100kms AND reaching a total elevation of over 7500 Metres !  Unfortunately COVID had other ideas and the event was cancelled.

With COVID requirements in mind the 2021 event will be restricted within state borders, although it promises to be every bit as big as the Adelaide to Melbourne route.  While being 100km shorter overall, we will make up for it by climbing over the total elevation of the highest mountain in the world AND the highest mountain in Australia!  11,800 metres of elevation.  Being an optimist I figure that means I have almost 12km of descent over the 7 days.

Please help me to reach my goal and together we can be the difference in their lives.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to my Sponsors


Mark Osborn


Damien Newland

great cause mate, and wishing you the best of luck. Manny & I will get a rubber ring organised


Dominic Jacob


Riia Jaakkola

Foolhardy or not the only thing I regret is not to hand you one large wine at the end of this attempt! Great cause, well done.

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