Ann Palmer

Ann Palmer
In Australia, 3 children die of cancer every week. Please sponsor me and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer and save little lives!
I've Ridden 1,345.4 km My goal is 1,500 km
My Rankings
  • National: 390th
  • State: 20th in NT
I've raised $1,627.97 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

My Story

This October, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

Because right now, cancer is the largest single killer of children from disease in Australia – over 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

And so I am riding and raising funds to support the Children's Medical Research Institute to continue their work into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Please support my challenge by making a donation through my fundraising page to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Together, we can save little lives.

Thanks for your support.

Ann

My Challenge

  • 37.8 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Sunday, October 20, 2019
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  • 56.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, October 20, 2019
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  • Thirteen days left in October
    18 Oct 2019

    So, nearly a full week has passed since my last update, and a bit longer since my last photo. This blogging stuff, is hard work, to be a professional blogger you would need to lead a very interesting and varied life, or have a great imagination and a gift for telling stories!

    Fund raising has its ups and downs too! One of my fellow riders Tracey, has put together a raffle from donated services, i think that is a great idea, especially since once of the services is a massage, it wasn't very difficult to convince me to buy those tickets (please let me win!!)

    I feel like I have been riding lots of kilometres, but I just had a look at my dashboard and I am not even hitting 500 km in a week. My legs say that 468 km clocked in the last six days was sufficient, and a couple of day this week I felt I should be staying at work longer, but as my title says there are only 13 days left in this challenge, and at least I am not doing Ocsober!

    Today I am off to the bike shop to buy some puncture repair equipment, I am on an enforced road riding rest until that happens, although I still have the mountain bike option.

    After dodging broken glass for over two weeks I finally must have picked up a piece on the way home yesterday. I know exactly why this happened: At lunch time I planned to go to the bike shop and purchase a bike pump and puncture kit, then I decided that I would just do it on the way home. On the way home I decided I just wanted to get home and sailed on past the shop. Once I was well and truly in the "middlest" part of nowhere on my ride that is when it happened.

    Lucky a good Samaritan appeared and lent me his pump which maintained enough air to get the final 5 kilometres to Palmerston. Also lucky that yesterday morning I decided to park at Palmerston so I could pick up dog food on the way home, the air in the tyre wouldn't have lasted any further and I would have had to walk again! I Really just wanted to get home by then, so I didn't stop and get dog food either, but nothing has happened to the dogs. One thing is for sure its way easier riding your push bike than pushing it!

    Thirteen days left in October
    Posted 2 days ago
  • 15.0 km ride - Tracey's RPM - Friday, 18 October 2019

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  • 25.9 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Friday, October 18, 2019
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  • 23.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, October 18, 2019
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  • 31.8 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Thursday, October 17, 2019
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  • 35.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, October 17, 2019
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  • 25.0 km ride - Lunch time RPM and HITT session - Wednesday, 16 October 2019

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  • 32.5 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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  • 32.4 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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  • 25.5 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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  • 25.0 km ride - Early RPM - Tuesday, 15 October 2019

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  • 20.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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  • 15.0 km ride - RPM lunchtime express - Monday, 14 October 2019

    From Darwin Ifitness

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  • 30.2 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Monday, October 14, 2019
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  • 32.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, October 14, 2019
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  • subbing in with the solar car challenge
    13 Oct 2019

    After a two day road ride rest to maintain matrimonial harmony, it was time to hit the road and make up for lost time. With the need to fulfill the promise of riding a kilometre for every $ donated kilometres were today's goal, with that in mind I decided to do a pseudo Grand Fondo ride to make up for the ride I missed in August. Didn't quite do the 160 km that the Grand Fondo involves but i did manage to join the Hundred club today riding just over 100 km. The early start took me out along the relatively quite Cox Peninsula Road to the thriving metropolis of Berry springs before cutting back through Finn Road to get back into Darwin. Joining Tiger Brennan drive it became apparent that I have been hiding under a rock for a few days as it became very clear that the solar car challenge was on its way down the highway. The solar cars attract quite a following as they leave Darwin and the road side was littered in support crews and spectators, not wanting to miss the party I turned around at Baygon Haven, swapped sides of the road and subbed in with the Solar cars. The crowd were really supportive lots of waves photos and cheers from all the spectators and support crews. I am pretty sure it was lactic acid coursing through my veins rather than pure sunshine as I peddled out along Tiger Brennan, and there seemed to be plenty of sun to power the solar cars down the highway at a pretty impressive speed! One thing is for sure, Tiger Brennan drive was a great deal quieter than Conrod Straight in Bathurst, I guess we were offsetting some of the carbon emissions for the big race with the super silent sleek solar bug-like cars whooshing along. I did feel for the Stanford team, who had some sort of mishap just Darwin side of Palmerston and had to load up the car, they looked so disappointed, I hope they somehow get to continue.

    The donations rolling in have been fantastic with friends and family getting behind the challenge, I am blown away by the $1,555 dollars raised. I am really keen to keep this going, however, unfortunately I don't think I can guarantee riding any more kilometers if donations keep flowing! This is actually good news now - any one who didn't want to donate because I would have to ride, is now free to donate without feeling guilty, after all this is about raising funds for much needed research to keep our kids happy, healthy and out of hospitals. Doing it for the kids!!!

    Posted 7 days ago
  • 102.8 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, October 13, 2019
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  • 40.0 km ride - Double session spin - Friday, 11 October 2019
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  • Take time to enjoy the Journey, while you are aiming for your destination
    10 Oct 2019

    I am really enjoying this years cycle challenge thanks to the Facebook group where 100's of riders are posting stories, and achievements. There are some really amazing efforts going on across Australia, and heaps of support which will fund important work to stop cancer from attacking our kids.

    Today was Kick cancers butt day, and heaps of money has poured in across Australia, and we are less than half way through!

    I get the feeling that I am lucky to be continuing after a slight incident this afternoon made me think about perhaps taking a bit more time to smell the roses on the way to your goal, and savour the little moments.

    It also made me realise that the sign in picture was actually there for a purpose!

    When I came across this sign last week my first thought was - no I have ridden all this way I am too tired to walk. I safely negotiated the obstacle, and ever since have registered thoughts like: As if; I wont be doing that; In your dreams; and I wonder if any cyclist has dismounted.

    Well this afternoon I nearly did dismount - it wouldn't have been pretty - it would have been face first! Casually riding through the obstacle with a drink bottle in one hand when I hit a bump, I did manage to save myself from tipping head first into the bike path however removed quite a large chunk of skin from my forearm.Luckily its a flesh wound that a rather large bandage fixed, and I will continue on the quest with a little more thoughtfulness, to make sure I stay in one piece.

    Thanks to everyone for your generous support, this evening I reached my fund raising goal and I promise to be more careful so that I complete the next 21 days, and the 500 km left for my ride goal.

    Take time to enjoy the Journey, while you are aiming for your destination
    Posted 10 days ago
  • 35.4 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Thursday, October 10, 2019
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  • 36.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, October 10, 2019
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  • Day 9 musings
    9 Oct 2019

    9 Days; 667km under the belt: $1,055.65 in the bank, and my legs are walking with steps that go i round and round in small circles!

    After 16 commutes down the Stuart Highway to and from work, I am getting to know the traffic patterns, the potholes and the cruisey smooth bits (wish there were even more of them). The thing that does keep on surprising me is the broken glass everywhere, if you are planning on a stroll down the bike path wear sturdy shoes!

    Going to have to bring my John Brock book along next week as there are a couple of Eucalypts I would like to identify. I have to say I am really loving the Peltophorums, carpeting the bike paths with their yellow flowers I think they beat the Jacarandas that dress up Brisbane's streets in November hands down! I keep trying to take a photo, however cant seem to do them justice. Another of my favorites sites not so common between the Doo and Darwin, are the magnetic termite mounds, I found a batch of them out at Acacia on the weekend, they are not quite as majestic when the floodplain is dry and burnt but they still show you which way the wind is blowing from, and which way home is ( oh fancy that when you have 40 km to go you have no choice but to ride into the wind!)

    Tomorrow is Kick Cancers Butt day - otherwise known as double dollar day, I am going to put in my last big ride until Sunday, and earn a couple more dollars , hopefully some sponsorship will come in tomorrow so that the great cycle challenge sponsors match it dollar for dollar!

    Day 9 musings
    Posted 11 days ago
  • 35.1 km ride - Wednesday, 9 October 2019
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  • 32.4 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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  • 15.0 km ride - lunchtime spin - Wednesday, 9 October 2019

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  • 32.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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  • 22.0 km ride - Coolalinga stationary biek - Tuesday, 8 October 2019

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  • 37.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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  • 15.0 km ride - Monday RPM - Monday, 7 October 2019

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  • 24.6 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Monday, October 7, 2019
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  • 28.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, October 7, 2019
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  • 70.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, October 6, 2019
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  • 23.6 km ride - Lunch Ride - Saturday, October 5, 2019
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  • 15.0 km ride - Friday RPM express - Friday, 4 October 2019

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  • 41.5 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Friday, October 4, 2019
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  • 46.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, October 4, 2019
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  • 31.1 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Thursday, October 3, 2019
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  • 2.6 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Thursday, October 3, 2019
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  • Day 3 Moving the Goal posts
    3 Oct 2019

    Day 3: Sunrise was beautiful this morning and the galahs seem to really be enjoying the warmer humid air and the earlier sunrises we are now experiencing. The daily commute to work is not that bad after all, I see new and interesting things every ride, and my legs really love it if something interests me enough to slow down for a better look ( that and red traffic lights).

    Yesterday afternoon I went through a bit of a panic as a car squealed out onto the Stuart highway 100 metres in front of me, hit the gutter went onto two wheels and nearly rolled then somehow went on the the dirt on the other two wheels and nearly hit a pole and roled and then finally found the bitumen and sped off. I cant believe that I didnt need to stop and help out an accident victim, however I am pretty sure it was the car reported stoel from Nightcliff yesterday!

    As the kilometres are ticking over, I feel that I might be able to offer a few more kilometres up for sponsoring at my usual rate of $1 per kilometre, so I just moved the goal posts and raised the bar. I am now aiming to ride 1,200km and raise $1,200.

    Thanks for helping make this challenge Great!

    Day  3 Moving the Goal posts
    Posted 17 days ago
  • 32.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, October 3, 2019
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  • 20.0 km ride - Roberts RPM express - Wednesday, 2 October 2019
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  • 44.0 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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  • 38.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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  • Day 2
    1 Oct 2019

    Well the challenge has kicked off - and I am on the board now I have worked out how to upload my ride kilometres again. According to the leader boards yesterday challenge riders rode a whopping 85,203 km and have raised $1,271,302.62 Its going to be a big month!

    Yesterday I reached my fund raising goal thanks to the generosity of friends and family, I am excited that together we are part of this great cause and some of us have been contributing to the challenge for a few years now.

    I have created a plan that all being well will allow me to ride just over 2,000 km in the month, so I am hoping to keep gathering support along the way. Its not too late to hop on board and support this great cause.

    I am going to try and upload a photo of each ride, starting with

    Darwin Harbour yesterday, Yesterday I went for a bit of a scenic ride round Darwin at 7am yesterday, because I left my office keys at home. If the smooth silky waters of Darwin Harbour were an omen of things to come October is going to be smooth sailing

    Day 2
    Posted 19 days ago
  • October is here
    1 Oct 2019
    Posted 19 days ago
  • 21.4 km ride - Wednesday, 2 October 2019
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  • 26.8 km ride - Tuesday, 1 October 2019
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  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 19 days ago
  • 10.0 km ride - Coolalinga stationary bike - Tuesday, 1 October 2019
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  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 54 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 55 days ago
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