John Wood

John Wood
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 1,127.9 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 202nd
  • State: 23rd in Qld
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $3,680.94 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

My Story

18 Oct 2020

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

I first became involved in the GCC in 2018 and what a "ride" it's been. Since then, I've cycled 2434 kilometres, with the great support and pushing of my cycling mates and wife, Pom and raised $7,433, a figure way beyond my wildest dreams.

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 again this year 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

  • Thank you for the most successful Great Cycle Challenge ever.
    9 Nov 2020

    October 2020 has come and gone but what a month it’s been. COVID-19 has not been a barrier to the 2020 Great Cycle Challenge, as Aussies let their hearts do the talking and donated over $6.6M to the fight against Kids’ Cancer, providing support that will give our kids the strength to keep fighting and the hope that better treatments will be discovered and cures found to fight this terrible disease. This is almost two million more than previous years and donations will still be counted up until the end of November.

    Some noteworthy points from the event:

    • Participants collective kilometres ridden would lap the circumference of the earth 81 times!

    • Leo is just 5 years old, but he still rode 108.5 km and raised $6,193 for other kids, and for his grandpa who passed away from cancer as well as his neighbors nephew who is currently fighting the disease. Age is no barrier to riding to kick butt!

    • Together, riders have been in the saddle for the equivalent of 6,543 days, 16 hours and 38 minutes.

    • Over the 8 years of the GCC, participants have ridden 18,555,663km and raised $27,279,902 to fight kids' cancer!

    Pom and I are thrilled at the outcomes we’ve had from the event, outcomes that have only been made possible by the generosity of our many sponsors, along with the countless expressions of support and encouragement that we’ve received along the way. Ensuring we went the distance were our many cycling buddies who accompanied us over significant portions the 1,367 kilometres, the doctors and medical staffs who patched Pom up after her spills and supervised her recovery to ensure she was able to get back in the saddle and reach her target, and for me, Sabrina, Andrew and Hardi, the Health Providers at Veterans’ Health Association who helped me prepare for the event and provided advice and encouragement throughout the course of the journey.

    Thank you all for your magnificent support. Pom & I can’t wait until next October when we hope to do it all again.

    Thank you for the most successful Great Cycle Challenge ever.
    Posted 22 days ago
  • 25.4 km ride - Day 31 of GCC - last rides for 2020 - Saturday, October 31, 2020
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    Logged this ride 31 days ago
  • Made it to 1,000km and one day to go.
    30 Oct 2020

    One day to go in the GCC, riding to Fight Kids Cancer and what a ride it's been. We've had some great rides and a few dramas but overall an amazingly enjoyable & rewarding experience, with the support and encouragement from many, on and off the road. While I've been riding my meager 1,102km, the GCC Team has ridden 2,872,458km and raised $6,631,079 so far to end childhood cancer and save little lives!

    Made it to 1,000km and one day to go.
    Posted 32 days ago
  • 17.1 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Thursday, October 29, 2020
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  • 70.0 km ride - Day 29 of GCC to Pam’s 88 Cafe, Nudgee Beach for lunch. - Thursday, October 29, 2020
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  • 6.0 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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  • 33.0 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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  • 55.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, October 26, 2020
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  • 10.0 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Monday, 26 October 2020
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  • 45.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, October 24, 2020
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  • 5.0 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Friday, 23 October 2020
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  • 41.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, October 23, 2020
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  • 18.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, October 22, 2020
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  • 10.3 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Wednesday, 21 October 2020
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  • 83.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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  • Huge Week 2
    19 Oct 2020

    Week two of the challenge has had several highlights.

    On Tuesday we had a day on North Stradbroke Island with a ride over the hills between Dunwhich and Point Lookout and return. The ride was great but the highlight for Pom, who was still recuperating from her falls and traveling by bus was the sighting of whales and turtles, off Point Lookout.

    Wednesday was a record breaking "Kick Cancer's Butt Day", when three regular (nameless) sponsors matched donations made on the day, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1,016,000. Added to the $1,464,000 raised by participants that resulted in a huge $2,480,000 on one day. After 18 days, GCC cyclists have now pedalled 1,829,977km and raised $6,044,400 to fight kids' cancer! And there are still 13 days to go.

    Final day of week 2 was a ride to Cleveland bike after Pom finally got back on her bike after 13 days from when she lost control of her bike on Day 3. Breakfast was not without drama as a rogue wave hit the sea wall and washed our bikes in salt water.

    Looking forward to week 3 and riding on an 80km journey from Nundah to Scarborough and return.

    Thank you all for your fantastic support and encouragement for this great cause.

    Huge Week 2
    Posted 43 days ago
  • 6.0 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Monday, 19 October 2020
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  • 38.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, October 18, 2020
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  • 56.4 km ride - Day 17 of GCC which included a portage - Saturday, October 17, 2020
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  • 5.0 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Friday, 16 October 2020
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  • 3.9 km ride - Lunch Ride - Friday, October 16, 2020
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  • 26.3 km ride - Day 16 of GCC - Friday, October 16, 2020
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  • 65.8 km ride - Day 15 of the GCC - Thursday, October 15, 2020
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  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $2,500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 47 days ago
  • 4.3 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Wednesday, 14 October 2020
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  • 12.3 km ride - Afternoon Dash to halfway in the 2020 GCC - Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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  • 1.9 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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  • 40.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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  • 40.5 km ride - Lunch Ride - Monday, October 12, 2020
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  • 3.4 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Monday, 12 October 2020
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  • 40.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, October 10, 2020
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  • 4.5 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Friday, 9 October 2020
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  • 50.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, October 9, 2020
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  • 54.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, October 8, 2020
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  • 6.5 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Wednesday, 7 October 2020
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  • 43.2 km ride - Morning Ride to UQ - Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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  • 55.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, October 5, 2020
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  • Excitement that we didn’t need.
    3 Oct 2020

    Pom came off her bike twice today, along the Breakfast Creek Bikeway. But, undaunted, she remounted and continued on with the Challenge.

    Excitement that we didn’t need.
    Posted 59 days ago
  • 28.9 km ride - Lunch Ride - Saturday, October 3, 2020
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  • 6.5 km ride - Redlands PCYC - Friday, 2 October 2020
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  • 27.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, October 2, 2020
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  • Underway
    1 Oct 2020

    My challenge got underway today with an 85km ride from home (Manly West) down to Victoria Point and back, after a coffee break at the Wishing Well Cafe, Victoria Point.

    The ride started with me being beaten up by one of the magpies that regularly rocks up in our backyard, looking for food. The stinker was also there to greet me when I returned home. Obviously doesn't appreciate the fact that I've been an avid Collingwood supporter for 65 years

    Underway
    Posted 60 days ago
  • 85.4 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, October 1, 2020
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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 64 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 75 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 76 days ago
  • October again already
    16 Sep 2020

    October has become a special month on our calendar, the time when Pom and I participate in the Children's Medical Research Institute's Great Cycle Challenge, raising funds to support Kids with Cancer and hopefully, one day, eliminate cancer all together.

    Last year I set out to ride 750km but this year I’ve upped the ante and aiming at riding 1000km for the month. Fortunately, one of my regular cycling group members is a surgeon.

    Thank you for the amazing support that you’ve given us since we took up the Challenge in 2018. If you’d like to jump on board this year, please click on the link: https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/JohnWood

    Alternatively, get physical and join “Team Pom & John” to also participate in this great cause.

    October again already
    Posted 76 days ago
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