Pip Batten

Pip Batten
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 1,254.5 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 40th
  • State: 1st in ACT
I've raised $4,878.91 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.

Pip

My Challenge

  • What a ride!
    31 Oct 2018

    Today is day 31 of 31, and what a crazy day it has been! Actually I am at a bit of a loss for words. I mean WOW, just wow. Who would have thought that a crazy little idea in the hands of some determined and dedicated people could turn into something so big. Sure I was the one who had to wear the outfit and pedal on a stationary bike for three hours, but if it had just been up to me we would have still been talking about it. So a huge, massive thank you has to go to Fleur and Alison and Eve who took an idea, hatched on a Friday night after happy hour, and sorted a bike (courtesy of Fernwood Civic), an outfit (thanks Supergirl), and spread the word far and wide. My celebrity status is now confirmed but will thankfully last even less time than an Australian Prime Minister’s tenure.

    So what am I even talking about? Sorry to those of you who weren’t passing through the Infrastructure foyer between the hours of 11am and 2pm today but I will catch you up.

    In those 3 hours (just under as I was late starting) I pedalled 102km on a stationary bike while my fantastic supporters rattled buckets, manned the online donation kiosk, fanned me down (thanks Robyn and Jen), brought me Powerade and bananas, left cupcakes and brownies as incentives to donate (they were delish btw), brought me an ice towel and a regular towel, and then real fans arrived (courtesy of the Secretary). And together we raised over $1800 in 3 crowded hours.

    Last update I mentioned the great cycling challenge virtual team and our shared goal. But today I was struck by a real sense of community within my Department. There was so much generosity and support swirling round me during those three hours and afterwards as my Branch and Division and others further afield, checked in on me. Just between you and me I’d have been happy if one person had stopped by and encouraged me, so I am overwhelmed by the many that did. Not just people I work with or have previously worked with (I’ve been around awhile) but those I’ve never worked with, people I recognised from lift conversations but didn’t know their name and some who were strangers. There is a lot to be cynical about in this town but not today.

    Lastly, to the fellow great cycle challenge participant who donned a tiara and tutu and raised $430, thanks for the incentive.

    Oh, and I promised photos...this one is me and the Secretary.

    What a ride!
    Posted 139 days ago
  • 8.5 km ride - Commute home - Wednesday, 31 October 2018
    Map
    Logged this ride 139 days ago
  • 102.7 km ride - Fund raiser ride on a stationary bike in a super girl outfit in the foyer of my building at work - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    From city to city

    Logged this ride 140 days ago
  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 140 days ago
  • 18.7 km ride - Commute to work via central basin - Wednesday, 31 October 2018
    Map
    Logged this ride 140 days ago
  • 36.3 km ride - Commute to work via west basin - Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 140 days ago
  • 46.4 km ride - Commute to work via east basin home via Barton - Monday, 29 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 141 days ago
  • It ain’t over yet
    28 Oct 2018

    Today is day 28 of 31, and somewhere between North Lyneham and Palmerston, I passed 1,000km. I was riding into a headwind at the time. Of course one cyclist’s headwind is another cyclist’s tailwind, I thought generously, but as there were no other cyclists coming towards me for the entire stretch of bike path along the GDE to take advantage of the tailwind i felt somewhat hard done by.

    So I guess you are thinking that I will be driving to work tomorrow, catching a lift, catching the bus, anything but riding my bike now my goal has been reached. No, nada, nyet. Tomorrow morning I will be back on my bike, sure the pressure is off now, but lately each morning I pass someone wearing a great cycle challenge jersey and I can’t help but feel part of this virtual team, pumping out the ks together for our common cause. Each morning over the last month I have leapt (maybe a slight exaggeration) out of bed with an incredible sense of purpose and it’s addictive. And I’m not giving it up just yet. Besides, I can’t.

    Thanks to some incredibly supportive, and dangerously well connected people in my Department, I will be spending my lunch hour this Wednesday on a stationary bike in the foyer of my building, dressed in a dubious outfit (or possibly even outfits) as a last ditch effort to raise money. I’ll let you know how it goes...there will be photos...but suffice to say, alcohol was involved when this scheme was hatched.

    Posted 142 days ago
  • 50.0 km ride - Gungahlin home via Lake G n AIS - Sunday, 28 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 142 days ago
  • 60.8 km ride - Sat am ride via Majura pkwy n hawker - Saturday, 27 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 144 days ago
  • 33.0 km ride - Commute to work via east basin - Friday, 26 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 144 days ago
  • 51.6 km ride - Commute to work m home via LBG - Thursday, 25 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 145 days ago
  • 32.3 km ride - LBG east basin home via anu - Monday, 22 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 149 days ago
  • Who has time for chores?
    21 Oct 2018

    It is day 21 of 31. I’m looking at the state of my house and my garden. There’s work to be done, no question, quite a bit actually...but...then there is cycling. It is a beautiful time to be out on the bike. There are ducklings by the lake, joeys poking their heads out of pouches, bunnies waving their white tails..even the magpies have gone easy on me this week.

    So, do my washing, or go for a sunset ride round the lake, cycle to meet friends for coffee and scones,...it’s a no brainer. Well, at least for me.

    I have peddled over 800km now, which is Canberra to Coffs Harbour! Thanks to the wonderful support of everyone, we have raised a lot of money. Each time I see a little kiddie out on their bike with their mum or dad, having fun, I remember that even though getting on my bike is such a small thing in the grand scheme of things, maybe it will lead to a big thing.

    So stuff the chores.

    Posted 149 days ago
  • 34.9 km ride - Coffee ride to yarralumla nursery cafe n home via central basin - Sunday, 21 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 149 days ago
  • 56.4 km ride - LBG via Majura Pkwy - Saturday, 20 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 151 days ago
  • 33.0 km ride - Commute to work via east basin - Friday, 19 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 151 days ago
  • 36.3 km ride - Commute to work via west basin - Thursday, 18 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 152 days ago
  • 51.8 km ride - Commute to work via east basin then home via east basin - Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 153 days ago
  • 36.3 km ride - Commute to work via west basin - Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 154 days ago
  • 51.8 km ride - Commute to work via east basin, home via east basin n anu - Monday, 15 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 155 days ago
  • Shut up legs...
    14 Oct 2018

    It’s day 14 of 31 and can I say it has been a massive week on the bike. Today I passed the 500 km mark, which also happens to be half way to my goal of 1,000km. So a big shout out to my legs! They have been very weary this week but have continued to perform albeit with almost constant complaint.

    I’ve had a lot of time to think while peddling around Canberra. I realised that if I can average 20km per hour then I would need to spend 50 hours on my bike to reach 1,000km. This is the equivalent of a week at work.

    Today I shared the bike path round Lake Burley Griffen with hundreds of people and dogs doing The Bloody Long Walk - 35km which raises money for Mitochondrial Disease. It was very nice to be out and about with everyone doing something outdoors and for charity.

    My sponsors have been so generous with their support, which makes me very glad I didn’t recklessly commit to ride as many km as $$ raised.

    PS: My dad says he doesn’t get swooped by magpies because he is a Collingwood supporter. Well I am here to debunk that theory as I have been swooped so many times this week that I’ve lost count. Yes, I am a Collingwood supporter...and yes, still in mourning.

    Posted 157 days ago
  • 80.1 km ride - Gungahlin to Belcn via Lake G to Hawker home via LBG - Sunday, 14 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 157 days ago
  • 71.8 km ride - LBG via Majura Parkway And Pialligo, 2x two bridges lap - Saturday, 13 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 158 days ago
  • 43.5 km ride - Work via east basin, home via Barton - Friday, 12 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 158 days ago
  • 8.0 km ride - Commute home - Thursday, 11 October 2018

    From City to Watson

    Logged this ride 159 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 160 days ago
  • 28.3 km ride - Commute to work via west basin - Thursday, 11 October 2018

    From Watson to City

    Logged this ride 160 days ago
  • 8.0 km ride - Commute home - Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    From City to Watson

    Logged this ride 160 days ago
  • 25.6 km ride - Commute to work via east basin - Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    From Watson to City

    Logged this ride 161 days ago
  • 8.0 km ride - Commute home - Tuesday, 9 October 2018

    From City to Watson

    Logged this ride 161 days ago
  • 28.3 km ride - Commute to work via west basin - Tuesday, 9 October 2018

    From Watson to City

    Logged this ride 162 days ago
  • 7.8 km ride - Commute home - Monday, 8 October 2018

    From City to Watson

    Logged this ride 162 days ago
  • 25.4 km ride - Commute to work via east basin - Monday, 8 October 2018

    From Watson to City

    Logged this ride 163 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 163 days ago
  • Have I bitten off more than I can chew?
    7 Oct 2018

    So it’s day 7 of this 31 day challenge, which I entered into impulsively and one day late.

    The day after I entered I remembered I hadn’t actually done much riding lately and while 33km a day sounded reasonable in my head, the reality might be a different story.

    I tore my meniscus on the last day of the Larapinta in August. Fortunately my physio removed all restrictions on my exercise on Wednesday. He might have mentioned something about not going crazy I don’t quite remember. I was too busy telling him that I’d signed up for this 1,000 km bike challenge.

    So how am I going? I’ve managed 178km so far which is only an average of 25 km so I have some work ahead of me.

    I have only been swooped 4 times in 8 rides. I had a very close encounter with a brown snake which had both my heart rate and the snake’s (I think) skyrocketing. I also almost got taken out on a pedestrian crossing. Conclusion? This caper is more dangerous than I had imagined.

    I have almost reached my donation target. So thanks again to all of you who have got behind me in this endeavour. I’ve had not only support through donations but lots of people have been interested in my progress. This all helps me to get out of bed and get on my bike each morning.

    Next week will involve more butt kicking on the bike and hopefully less close encounters with the wildlife.

    Posted 163 days ago
  • 50.5 km ride - LBG via Majura Parkway - Sunday, 7 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 164 days ago
  • 42.4 km ride - East basin home via Jamison shops - Saturday, 6 October 2018

    From Watson to Watson

    Logged this ride 165 days ago
  • 8.1 km ride - Commute home - Friday, 5 October 2018

    From City to Watson

    Logged this ride 165 days ago
  • 30.2 km ride - Commute to work via west basin - Friday, 5 October 2018

    From Watson to City

    Logged this ride 166 days ago
  • 8.0 km ride - Commute home - Thursday, 4 October 2018

    From City to Watson

    Logged this ride 166 days ago
  • 25.5 km ride - Commute to work via East Basin - Thursday, 4 October 2018

    From Watson to City

    Logged this ride 167 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 168 days ago
  • 7.0 km ride - Commute to Work - Tuesday, 2 October 2018

    From Watson to City

    Logged this ride 168 days ago
  • 7.2 km ride - Commute home from work - Tuesday, 2 October 2018

    From City to Watson

    Logged this ride 168 days ago
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