Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers
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 422.9 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 96th
  • State: 38th in NSW
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $5,142.69 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.


My Challenge

  • Ride #9 (the victory lap)
    31 Oct 2021

    As promised, back in the lycra for my final ride of the challenge, although I took Saturday off as a rest day so that I could enjoy it more and I was glad I waited until Sunday as the weather was perfect!

    I was supposed to be riding the MS Gong charity event this October but sadly it was cancelled due to covid restrictions, so I thought it would be a good idea to ride the 70kms down the coast to Wollongong to finish up the Great Cycle Challenge. It was a fantastic route, apart from a little bit of highway riding at the start to get into the national park, from then on it was twisty forest roads and a decent climb up to Otford where I was greeted with stunning views of the coast road to Wollongong, in true road cyclist fashion I had a quick stop for a coffee and a bite to eat before continuing down the coast on what is surely the longest cycle path in the country!

    I had a lot of fun on this ride, I was well rested and felt really strong on all the climbs, the scenery was breathtaking and I didn't have to worry about traffic for the vast majority of it, what more could I ask for!? A lift home perhaps? My darling wife and biggest supporter Robin then came to rescue me in the car, honestly could not have asked for a more perfect day, I should go and buy a lottery ticket!

    That's all she wrote for the GCC this year. I've ridden over 400kms, climbed over 7,300 metres and raised $5,143 for the Children's Medical Research Institute. As part of Team Mastercard, together we've ridden over 6,500 kms and raised over $19,000. I'm completely overwhelmed at the amount of support I've received and can't thank you all enough for believing in me, there's hasn't been much in the world to feel good about lately so to be part of something like this is truely special and I could not have done it without you.

    Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart. Your support has made a massive difference to me and your generous donations will have a huge impact in helping the Children's medical research institute continue their life saving work and bring hope to families who need it the most.

    With Love, from Ben x

    Posted 33 days ago
  • 70.8 km ride - Mortdale to Wollongong - Sunday, 31 October 2021
    Logged this ride 33 days ago
  • Ride #8
    28 Oct 2021

    Back on the big boy bike today to hit some trails in the Royal National Park, (thanks to my legend of a boss Dani for letting me take Thursday arvo off so I didn't have to head out on Friday in 33 degrees and thunderstorms!) It was a really hot day though and the dirt was very dry and dusty so traction was hard to come by, but I still had a blast zipping around all the twisty trails and it was so nice not to have to deal with Sydney motorists after all the kms on the road bike lately. With that said though, I've still got about another 48kms until I reach my target so I'm sure I'll be back in the lycra on Saturday to finish up the challenge.

    Posted 36 days ago
  • 20.5 km ride - Royal National Park MTB - Thursday, 28 October 2021
    Logged this ride 36 days ago
  • Ride #7
    24 Oct 2021

    Thanks to some generous last minute donations we've reached the $5K target! Which is incredible for the cause, but sadly for me meant adding another 100kms to my goal. So with a total of 147kms still to go I headed out for ride #7 on Saturday. In all honesty I really didn't feel like going out for a ride today, my gym has opened back up this week and I've started training again so my legs were already screaming for mercy before I even sat on the bike and summer is most definitely on the way because it was HOT! But I reminded myself that the kids we are riding for have no choice but to keep on fighting every day and after that reality check I quit my whinging and hopped on the bike. One of the things I love most about riding is that it takes you to places you would never normally visit, even while out in your local area like I was today, you still end up taking the road less travelled and inevitably stumble on new places to visit or at least gain a new perspective on places you've been to before. I started out heading east towards San Souci and rode down the edge of Botany Bay towards the mouth of the Georges River, then I zig-zagged back and forth down the river across several bridges before heading west over the Woronora River into Menai, then to finish I rode through the Georges River National park to East Hills before heading back over Salt Pan creek and through Oatley Park to take me home. Not my best pace by any stretch but many beautiful sights to see along the way and another 78kms closer to my goal.

    Posted 40 days ago
  • 78.1 km ride - Botany Bay | George’s River | Menai | East Hills - Saturday, 23 October 2021
    Logged this ride 40 days ago
  • $5,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $5,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 45 days ago
  • Ride #6
    17 Oct 2021

    Another 82kms down! (and maybe only 46kms to go?).

    I took a big chunk out of my target on Sunday with a ride through the Royal National Park, this place has been my sanctuary for the last couple of years, a place that makes me feel like me, so its been really tough to be cut off from it for the last few months of lockdown and it was great to be back. I rode into the park from the north end and headed east for a lunch stop at the beautiful beach town of Bundeena, the water looked so nice it was hard to get back on the bike, but I tore myself away and rode to the south end of the park before heading up towards Waterfall for a tough climb up twisting forest roads to make my way back to civilisation. From there it was a sprint up the highway and past the world famous Engadine Mcdonalds (I'm looking at you Scomo!) then back over the Georges River and home.

    So with that, there are only another 46kms to get to my distance target and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for sponsoring me on this journey, I am truely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support you've shown in getting behind me and this worthy cause. At this stage you've helped me raise a total of $4,879 which is simply mind blowing to me and nearly ten times the amount I was hoping to achieve when I set out!

    Some of you may have seen this on my Facebook page, but for those that didn't, I have set another challenge and I need to ask for your help again please. If we can raise just another $121 to end childhood cancer and take us over the $5,000 mark I will add another 100kms to my distance target, that's a screaming deal at only $1.21 per km! If you can, please share my challenge with your friends and family and help spread the word, it would be so wonderful to make it to $5,000 for the kids, together we can do it.

    Posted 46 days ago
  • 82.0 km ride - Royal National Park | Bundeena | Waterfall - Sunday, 17 October 2021
    Logged this ride 46 days ago
  • Ride #5
    16 Oct 2021

    Lockdown is over! After spending the last month hiding out in the mountains I'm able to return home to the Georges River, and after a week of rain, hail and tornadoes I was finally able to get back on the bike! My Mountain bike is still at my friends house in the Blue Mountains and all my local MTB trails are pretty washed out anyway after all the rain, so I got back into the lycra and took my road bike for a training spin around Oatley Park to get comfortable on the skinny tyres again before tomorrow's big ride through the Royal National Park (he says while praying to the rain gods).

    Posted 48 days ago
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