27 October 2011 - Melbourne’s Federation Square played host to the official launch of the Financial Review Corporate Cycling Challenge (FRCCC) on Friday 14th October, which saw celebrities, sponsors and CEOs pedalling on spin-bikes through the morning to raise money for charity.
Jason Richardson, Australian athlete turned radio presenter and MC for the event, had cyclists, early morning commuters and local school groups stop in their tracks as support sponsors took to the stage for the first team challenge.
Bill Glasgow, Aurecon’s Melbourne Delivery Centre Manager, who was interviewed by Jason said: “This was a great event and the energy and enthusiasm displayed by Aurecon’s cyclists was fantastic. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports and recreational activities in Australia that is healthy, enjoyable and sustainable. With the increasing amount of bicycle infrastructure, especially along the Bay and our rivers, cycling is a fantastic and growing family pursuit.”
Racing against the clock, sponsor teams of five competed against each other in a 20 minute spin cycle contest. FRCCC organisers donated ten dollars for every kilometre cycled by all cyclists and the rider who clocked the most kilometres received a prize.
Aurecon, as Gold Sponsors, competed against the Australian Financial Review (AFR) team who were assisted by Australian cycling legend and former World Champion, Shane Kelly, in the second round. Aurecon’s team of cyclists - Courtney Pearson, Simon Kersten, Goran Stevanoski, Sal Tauba and Daniel Buckle were all set for the challenge, with Simon winning the competition for Aurecon.
Waiting patiently in the wings, Aurecon’s Chris Dodd’s, was secretly hoping that, after cycling to the event and competing in the 20 minute challenge; Shane would be sufficiently tired for their five minute sprint challenge. He was wrong. Chris, considering he had only been cycling for two months and had no idea how to change the gears, put in a fantastic effort against Shane and his fan club were with him all the way.
The Financial Review Corporate Cycling Challenge is a proud supporter of both The Mirabel Foundation and Cure For Life and the spin for charity event raised over AUD. Aurecon aims to continue fundraising and building awareness for both these great causes with our staff and our clients in the lead up to the main event.