Heather Rodgers

Taking on the Ride500 challenge for their Dad

My Activity Tracking

511
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My target 500 kms

Here Goes Nothing

I'm taking on the Ride500 challenge to help end cancer. Please support my Ride by making a donation. 

As many of you may already be aware, my Dad, Greg, passed away in August this year from a too-short and far too aggressive battle with cancer. It's been years since I rode a bike more than around the block, but I bet Dad would have gotten a chuckle out of me having to eat my words about looking silly in lycra. 

He would have given anything to get back on his bike again - it was one his life's greatest joys. I would love if you would consider donating to my fundraiser so we can do everything we can to put an end to the havoc that cancer causes, and maybe one day nobody will have to go through this.

My Updates

We did it!

Thursday 30th Sep
I feel so humbled, grateful, and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of support and encouragement I've received in doing this ride.

500km to me feels massive. I remember the weekends where Dad would casually walk through the front door on a Saturday morning after a 'cruisey' 100km ride with his mates that morning. And then he'd do the same a few days later! I never thought I'd be the same person itching to get out the door while it was still dark. And for anyone considering jumping on a bike for the first time or after a long break, learn from me and just buy the padded pants. Don't be proud. Just do it.

Between sleepy eyes and early mornings, dodging rain, and many sweaty post-lunch-ride work calls, this has been such a great month. I feel so lucky to have been able to have these hours to reflect and think, especially those moments where I knew Dad would have stopped to take a photo or five of some cracking scenery.

It feels like a cliche to say, but it's been a way to feel close to Dad, and even though the sadness has not and will not go away for a long time, I'm so lucky to have had these moments of joy and love  knowing he would have just been thrilled if he could have done it with me. Let's be real though, he probably would have tried for a few thousand more kms.

I can't wait to do this again next year, and you bet I'll be around in lycra on the reg til then. If you want to go for a ride, please send me a message! Or even a walk, or a Zoom, or a coffee! We all know I'm not the best replier, but I'll really be trying my best to break those habits, because time with people is the most valuable thing in the world.

If you want to be my Strava friend and see more photos from my rides this month - https://www.strava.com/athletes/77364372

If you would like to donate, Ride500 is still accepting contributions - and the Cancer Council always is.

Thank you again. I'm so grateful.

Getting to the pointy end

Friday 24th Sep
I've been pretty quiet with my Ride500 attempt, because I didn't know how far I'd get.

I'm still a ways away from my distance goal, but rain hail or shine we're getting this done.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Anonymous

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Shaun Rodgers

Love you H, you're gonna crush it!

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Kylan Low

GO HEATHER!!!

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Hilary Geddes

Tour de France awaits! Sending lots of love XXX

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Alex Zanier

You’re an inspiration Heather. You’ll always make him proud, every day. I don’t need to see it to know it. <3

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Thomas Lace

Love and support for you and your family <3

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Hannah Davidson

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad Heather. This is such a wonderful thing you are doing! Thinking of you and wishing you all the encouragement and happy memories I can xx ❤

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Jason

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Anonymous

I hope this contribution gives you a little encouragement. Thinking of you!

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Luisa Bertoggi

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely dad, Greg. And you're looking good in lycra!

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Peter Martin

Great to see Heather, great cause. As a fellow cyclist, your dad would be proud to see you on the road, and in Spring, avoiding the Magpies!

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Keiden Cheung

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Mark Tyler

So sorry to hear, Heather. You're a champion with your efforts and motivation.

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Anonymous

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James Nicol

Amazing effort!!!

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Kellie + Ollie

So very proud of you!!

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Benjamin Low

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Tarn And Tiff Dcunha

Thinking of you

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Andriana B And James P

Smashing it!

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Anne Royters

Hi Heather, fantastic that you are doing this ride for your lovely Dad, such a great guy and such a worthy cause Love from Anne Royters and family

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Bec

I love you Heather. Well said. Xx

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Dane Mckeen

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Keeli Royle

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Maddy Cheetham

Amazing effort Heather! ❤️

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Ashna Basu

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Mark Brodie

Awesome work Heather! So glad to see someone else smashing some worthwhile kms this month too. Can definitely sympathise as someone who usually maxes out on a 4km work commute, this challenge has been an eye opener. Keep up the amazing efforts!

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Lee

So much love coming your way ♥️

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Emily Serifovski

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Megan Telford

Thinking of you !!

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Keti Petrovski

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Paige N

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Craig Rodgers

Big love H. Enjoy the km of this challenge x

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Riya

You go Heather! ❤️

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Heather Rodgers

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Nina Dion

I love you hon, this is such a great thing to do xo

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Anonymous

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Ross Whiteside

Great effort Heather for a great cause!

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Bonar Bucalina

Really sorry to hear about your loss! Hope you are ok. Good luck with the rides, I’m sure you will actually get lots of enjoyment out of them.

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Suzana Peixoto

Go Heather! 🚴‍♂️🥰

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Gabriela Bianchini

Woohoo! I know you can do it x

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Karri Ryan

Heather - So sorry to hear about your Dad. Good on you for smashing this goal!!

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Cassie Butcher

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Ashton & Sophie

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Jaz Moloughney

Go Heather ❤️❤️❤️

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Anthony And Nadia

Cheering you on heather!

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Ana Leite

You got this!! 💪

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Olivia Mantzakos

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Anonymous

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Amanda Melvaine

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Jaylin

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Anonymous

<3

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Clariana And Jordy

We love you Heather! You got thisn

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Laura Konigsmark

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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Anonymous

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Lihong

You're amazing for doing this. My mother is fighting stage 3 cancer herself, and I'm just tearing up thinking about all that you must have gone through the past few months. I'm broke and can't donate much, so I'm making up for it by sending you love and support in spades.