The Hunger Ride 2019 | Foodbank Victoria

The Hunger Ride 2019 | Foodbank Victoria


It’s looking like it’s going to be a hot
day today – about 31 degrees even on the top of Mount Buffalo, so it’s gonna be a tough day I think. I think Stanley is going to be a problem again – that’s a tough hill. I haven’t ridden around the High Country before but
certainly looking forward to the ride and the legs are feeling pretty good at the moment but let’s see how they go at the end of the 172km. It’s an amazing cause, especially when you hear the stories about the kids that have to
go without for breakfast. I hadn’t really known much about the hunger
problem especially for young kids in Australia so this is been a real
eye-opener and it’s really stirred a big passion for me to to get involved. What I really wanted to make sure with this ride is that it was hard. So it’s a 170km bike ride over one day through some of the most picturesque countryside of
Victoria. But it also includes a ride up Mount Buffalo and a ride up Mount Stanley –
two difficult climbs because I want people to understand while yes it’s a
great event and yes it’s beautiful countryside it’s also hard. There’s more than 4 million people in Australia every year don’t have a meal to eat. For many families out there can you imagine how hard it is for them to turn up to dinnertime and say I’m sorry we just don’t have enough food to eat tonight. I think we’re making really good time,
I think we’re a bit quicker than last year everyone’s working well together. There’s certainly
some strong guys out there. That was pretty tough yeah,
20km continuous up, up and up. But I did get a chance to take in some of the views, they’re just breathtaking when you turn around some of those hair pins and see those
gorges. As tough as it was, a lot of people out there doing it a hell of a lot tougher. When the chips are down that’s when you you knuckle down and get through it. Life’s a challenge and you raise yourself to those challenges. I can’t tell you how delighted and thrilled and over-the-moon I am that Montague and JAZZ Apples are a part of this event. I think it’s very important as growers that we
understand the hardships that some people go through. We do live in a
country that has such an amazing array of food – it’s some of the freshest,
greenest, cleanest product in the world and to hear that people are going short
on food is unacceptable to Montague and to JAZZ Apples and that’s why we’re such
a big supporter of Foodbank and the work they do. I think it’s been there really well organised event It feels like we’re a peleton
with a bunch of pros and yeah you feel safe. A lot of things go through your mind.
It’s physically challenging, it’s kind of mentally even more challenging and
then it’s ok what kind of gets you there over
the hill As that kind of whittles away and you’re really struggling, it just comes down to pure grit really. A couple of guys who haven’t done a lot of
riding and they have actually got over some of those steep pitches, in
a great deal of pain to be frank but they’ve done a wonderful job. Stanley was the killer. It just didn’t let up. It was just go go go. Got up to the top and rolled into the pub, bloody good fun. It hurts everywhere. The Hunger Ride is a great way of bringing the community together. Whether you love riding a bike, or you love supporting those that ride bikes, it’s all about making sure that we can feed people and
make sure that there’s food on the table for those 4 million Australians every
year that rely on it. That’s The Hunger Ride.

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