Champ defends title as Bravehearts Time Trial raises $80k for Aussie kids
MORE than 70 individual and team competitors took to the winding roads of Brisbane’s Samford Valley on Sunday as part of the second annual Bravehearts Time Trial, battling the heat and racing the clock to raise around $80,000 towards protecting Aussie kids from child sexual assault.
Last year’s individual champ Andrew Patten successfully defended his title with a time of 00:59:38, shaving more than two minutes off his previous time and beating Robbie McEwen’s record at the 43km pro replica circuit in 2013. Sam Anderson finished second with a formidable time of 1:01:37, followed by Matthew Locker with 1:02:01. The individual category proved to be highly competitive, with the first 10 riders finishing under 1:12:00.
60-year-old Arthur Puie wound the clock back in the over-60s category, coming home in 11th place overall and a time of 1:12:23. Long-time Bravehearts supporter Wade von Bibra showed strong heart with a time of 1:16:13, finishing in the top 15.
There was no rest for Sealy’s 10 riders in the team categories, with Ben O’Keefe and Neil Southwell finishing first past the post in 1:16:21 in the two person category and Phil Moss and Doug Clayton coming home in third place with a time of 1:44:33. Second place went to Skin Strong’s Nick Ellson and Jeremy White, who posted a competitive time of 1:19:11.
The four person category saw Sean Welch, Chris Bolger, Hayden Allsop and Adam Lacey from Onyx Property Group set the pace throughout the race and take line honours in a time of 1:01:35. Second place went to Clayton Utz’s Dane Peach, Chris Slocombe, Cameron March and Shannon Saxby in 1:04:46 and Westfield Triathlon riders Shannon Ahern, Adam Stewart, Chris Bridge and Nick Atkin crossed the line third with 1:07:45.
Australian children were the real winners of the day, with the event raising around $80,000 for Bravehearts. Phil Forshaw lead the fundraising efforts with $9,263 to his name, followed by Grant Miskimmin ($6,446) and the seven riders from Sci Fleet Toyota who each contributed $1,808. Prizes for fundraisers included an $8,000 bike from Scott Bike and a $5,000 holiday voucher.
Moreton Bay Regional Council supported the event to the tune of $12,000, ensuring it was again a huge success, while Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton and Councillor Bob Millar presented awards.
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston says money raised through the event would enable Bravehearts to continue to educate, empower and protect Australian children against sexual assault.
“Bravehearts Time Trial is a fantastic opportunity for individuals, corporate teams and professional athletes alike to use sport to promote awareness and action,” she says.
“With Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton attending this year’s event, it really illustrates how significant it has become on the national sporting calendar and how important the work of Bravehearts is in supporting the community.”
Thank-you to our key sponsors in the 2014 Bravehearts Time Trial:
- Moreton Bay Regional Council - $12,000 funding + council support for organisation of the event
- ORICA-GreenEDGE – Katrin Garfoot appearance at the Time Trial
- BMA - $8000 sponsorship toward Audio/Visual
- Cycling QLD – Equipment support & marketing support
- Triathlon QLD – Marketing support
- BTR Racewear (Brad Tolsen) – Great prices and support on Jerseys
- Signet – electrolyte replacement drinks
- Southern Cross Austereo – Air time and TVC support
- RearViz – Prizes for the winners (RearViz gear)
- Samford IGA – Banana’s for our hydration station
- Coles Ferny Grove – Trail mix & Carmens muesli bars for our hydration station
- Flavour Makers – Coconut water for hydration station
- Rotary Samford Region – parking management
- Chris Thompson (Cyclesense = Excellence) – traffic management
- Volunteers & Bravehearts Staff members
- Special guests – Councillor Bob Millar – Moreton Bay Regional Council & Hon. Peter Dutton MP – Federal Member for Dickson | Minister for Health and Minister for Sport
- Accolades Awards – Kimberly Park – Medallions for the winners.
Karen Hepburn, Bravehearts
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