Mark Osborn

Road Raise 2021

3 MORE SLEEPS!

Wednesday, Mar 17

It seemed such a long way off when I signed up!

I thought I'd ride most days and be covering 80km before work!

I thought I'd be brimming with confidence and have the physique of Hugh Jackman.

The only one of these that is close to the truth is that it was a long way off when I signed up!!

I have ridden more some weeks than others, but have ridden most weeks.  I haven't done as much as I hoped, but think I have done enough (what is enough for something like this??).  I WILL cover the journey, or will be completely broken in the attempt.

I have given up trying to emulate Hugh, but will leave quite a few kg's on the road in the next week, which was probably the best I could ever hope for.

On an incredibly positive note, I have hit my fundraising target (and gone well beyond).  This alone has made this exercise worth it!  Through the INCREDIBLE generosity of wide and varied group of people I have watched my total quickly tick up to my target and then keep going.  I am indebted to every one of you, and can promise that your donations will be used exclusively for the intended purpose of helping young people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.  You have truly made a difference through your donations.

I have not even looked at my bike since Sunday, but will be giving it a once over tomorrow in readiness for the early roll out on Saturday morning.  It may be rewarded with retirement at the end (as opposed to the semi-retirement it has enjoyed over the past few years).

A big shout out to the 8 others who I signed up to do this alongside.  This tight-knit group have trained together and have already raised over $100k - and the total will continue to grow in the coming days.  I am privileged to be riding alongside these people and I am glad that I get to share this incredible opportunity with them.

More updates to come when the ride gets under way, but I want to close this out by thanking you all again.  You have provided me with the motivation to get me through this experience.  Knowing that every km is effectively worth $6.50 is an incredibly compelling reason to keep ticking them off when every part of me is telling me not to.

As someone once told me, pain is merely weakness leaving the body.

22 Days to go!!

Friday, Feb 26.


It has been a long time since my last update and I owe it to all of you who have so generously donated to the cause to know where I am at...

To be perfectly frank, I am still wondering how I am going to achieve this, but deep down know I will.  I have to.

Training has been steady for the past few weeks, with a few 100+ km rides being achieved on the weekends.  The shorter days make the early morning runs up the freeway challenging, but at least it isn't freezing, wet and slippery just yet.  I am unsure what the week of March 20 holds for us weather wise, but I wouldn't be surprised if our indifferent summer swings into full gear for that.  I already have quite the cyclist tan.

The long rides have been draining, and it will be interesting to see how I cope backing them up for 7 days in a row.  I am almost used to the feeling of constantly aching legs, and sore "sit bones".

My Garmin and I are still having a challenging relationship.  It has been kinder to me with the recovery times, and generally suggests it is okay for me to bat up again within a day of every ride.  But, on what was supposed to be a super motivational run up the freeway yesterday, where I left nothing in the tank, the battery died 1.72km into the journey!  I hadn't even got to the bottom of the freeway at that point.  As it was dark I didn't realise this unfortunate turn of events until I got to the top and collapsed in a (literally) screaming heap!  Guess I will have to try again in the coming days.  I want that 30 minutes!

Donations have been rolling in pretty steadily in the past few weeks.  I continue to be astounded by the generosity of people, many of whom I don't know.  It reinforces the incredible things that Canteen does and just how many people have a story to tell (some tragic, some inspirational) about themselves or someone close to them.  I will be hitting my target (never in doubt) and I hope to get comfortably past it if possible.

THANK YOU to all of you who are reading this.  If you are a sponsor or a supporter in any form I am truly grateful.

More updates to come in the next 22 days and I expect to be updating every day on the tour.

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

$1,000

Chris Meulengraaf

Have a good ride and well done for having a go Chris

$660

Rawson Verco Need

We wish you the very best Mark! We are very happy to support an amazing cause. We all hope your body endures the forthcoming punishment.

$515

Anonymous

Great ride Ozzy! RR 21 cocktail night

$300

Mark Osborn

$260

M&d Osborn

$260

Mangwin

Good luck little buddy :)

$208

Bob Goldney

Well done Mark.....great effort.....and thanks for loan of bike, Cheers, Bob

$208

Jill & Brenton Williams

Good luck Mark

$208

David Osborn

A great idea - we look forward to hearing how it all goes. Ride safely & enjoy.

$156

Mr & Mrs Maga

All the best mate turn the legs over and always look ahead Be ready for days 3 & 4 normally crappy

$156

Maurice Fitz Gerald

Dear Mark, Just seen your post about Evie. We are deeply touched - what an amazing thing to do - thank you so much.

$150

James And Ali Juers

Such a great cause ....... just remember , even a bad day on the bike is better than a good day in the office ( or so they say 🤣)

$104

John Taylor & Christine Britten-jones

Rupe...I assume of course you have considered the impact of 7 hard days in the saddle and your future chances of fathering children?

$104

Daniel Campbell

Well done Mark! I’m having a beer to cheer you on! You got this!

$104

Rawson Verco Need - Pete H

A wonderful effort for a wonderful cause. Wishing all the best and enjoy the ice baths!

$104

Peter & Patch Farquhar

Have a great ride for a good cause

$104

Nicole Zeman

You did it!! Such an amazing effort both in your fundraising and your physical achievement. Well done!

$104

Dua

Good luck Mark!

$104

Rawson Verco Need - Sarah D

Hi Mark, I'm so grateful for people like yourself who make such an effort to help children and families through an unbelievably difficult time . While I (fortunately) won't be physically with you on your challenging journey, I will be with you in spirit and wish you the best of luck! Thank you, Sarah

$104

Damien Newland

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

$104

Rachel & Nick Whiting

Super impressed you’ve taken on this challenge - glad it’s you not me though! Good luck, we are sure you’ll nail it.

$104

Leon & Rachel Heames

Go well Mark , fantastic effort !

$104

Suzanna Robarts

We are sending you lots of luck and love from London. Big hugs The Robarts xxxx

$104

Glen Spitty

Amazing effort mate. Well done!

$104

David

Good luck !

$104

Matt Mitchell

Well done and good luck Mark!

$104

Kym & Rennie Williams

Good Luck Mark 🚴‍♂️. Thank you.

$104

Graeme Meyer

Hi Mark, Our David has done this trail and said it was a challenge. He still competes in triathlons at least 3 times a year. Good luck and hope the training will stand you in good stead!! Cheers, Patsy and Graeme

$100

Sean Sounes

You are a good man! Crazy, but good ;-)

$100

Nicole Zeman

Good luck!

$100

Mark Osborn

$100

Napier Gryst

Awesome stuff, good luck

$100

David Pfitzner

It's going to hurt. Please no photos of you in lycra. Great cause.

$78

Emma K Kernaghan

Good for you Mark! And I thought 30 mins of RPM was impressive!

$78

Jamie Neill

God luck mate!

$78

Suzanna Robarts

Mark you are awesome the family was so touched that you rode with Evie's name on your hand. I thought we'd give you another little boost from here in the UK..... you are nailing it keep going those kids will massively appreciate every penny! Much love xxxxx

$75

Mcdonald Family

Good luck Mark - see you on the road.

$52

Tony Iommazzo

Well done mate...wishing you all the best, good luck

$52

Philip Henschke

Formidable

$52

David Chapman

Go for it Ozzy

$52

Julie Bates

I hope you have a thickly padded bike seat! All the best, it's a fantastic cause.

$52

Dominic Jacob

$52

Melanie Judd

Good luck Mark, you will absolutely achieve your goal - such a worth cause!

$52

Belinda Vivian

Good luck Mark!

$52

Fogarty Family

Go hard !

$52

Shani W - Rawson Verco Need

Thank you for setting your mind to this Mark - I appreciate the continued effort it will take to complete!

$52

Leanne Macwhirter

Great work Mark for a great cause. Good luck!

$52

Michael Walters

Great cause. Enjoy the challenge

$52

Fiona Fisher

Best of luck to you and the team! Fabulous efforts!!

$52

David And Kelly Atkinson

Good luck!

$52

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.

$50

Kat & Charles

You’re a champ Mark! Great cause! You’ll smash it!

$50

Ben Lehman

That's quite a few Tour de Lehman's !

$50

Colin Hannaford

Good luck Mark RIDE LIKE THE WIND

$50

Dee Jones

Good luck Mark, can't wait to see how you go, will be watching your progress :)

$31.20

Jo Watkins

Good luck ole' fella :-)

$30

Corey Farr

$26

Rawson Verco Need

$26

Travis Murphy

You can do this mate. You’ll be sore. But you can do this. And it will be totally worth it.

$26

Dylan Thorn

$26

Anita Bolton @ Rvn

$26

Maurice And Jenny Fitz Gerald

Thank you wonderful Mark for a magnificent effort and for remembering Evie. All good wishes from Gorgue where your family is remembered with great affection

$26

Daranee And Mark Kirchner

Good job guys

$26

Claire G

Good luck Mark!

$26

Larissa Wyers - Rawson Verco Need

Great job Mark - you can do it!

$26

Janet Heames

$26

Ann-marie Papalia

$25

Jasmin Gobbett

Good luck Mark - awesome work in doing this for people in need.

$25

Praveen Payanadan

$25

Steph Cooper

Don't fall off your bike!

$20.80

Rawson Verco Need

$10.40

Simeon Juros

Worthy cause for sure!

$10.40

Anonymous

All the best

$10.40

Anonymous

$10

Kim Crowther

Very very worth cause, Awesome work Mark

$10

Michelle Yu

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