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Rodney Olsen | 98five blogger

I’ve been on my bike a bit more recently. I need to get fit. There are big plans ahead.

For just over three years I’ve been working for Compassion Australia in our Western Australian office. We run an annual fundraising ride of just over 500km named Ride for Compassion, but next year we’re taking on a much bigger challenge with a ride from Perth to our head office in Newcastle, New South Wales.

The coast-to-coast ride will be a huge event that will make a major impact for children living in extreme poverty.

We’re now at the point of wanting to attract suitable riders and support crew who would be happy to raise significant funds as well as undertake such an epic venture.

The ride will start on Saturday 15 September 2018 with the plan  to arrive at Compassion’s head office in Newcastle, NSW on Tuesday 16 October 2018, having cycled over 4000 km.

There’ll be 28 riding days and four rest days. The average riding distance for those riding days will be 150km with our longest day falling just under 200km.

I have quite a bit of experience with the ride aspect of the trip, having cycled across Australia five times previously, but knowing this time will be in support of Compassion is an extra thrill for me.

I recently had the opportunity to return to my old workplace, the 98five Studio, to chat with long-time colleague and friend JD, about both our annual ride and next year’s event.

Podcast: Compassion’s Rodney Olsen on the coast-to-coast 2018 ride

This article was originally posted on as Talking about a very big ride

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist and blogger from Perth.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. | Follow Rodney on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+



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