Loving your Parlee Z3 – the hard way
Ian had something of an epiphany (no that is not a saddle sore) amongst the wineries and puddles of the Hunter Valley where the benefits of his Parlee shone through. Here are his overview and some images from the adventure.
“410km over 3 days on the worst roads that NSW has to offer in shocking weather conditions, supported by a dodgy back that has already undergone one operation, on legs that had only 3 weeks to prepare, including a road race, team time trial and hill climb….all sounds like the recipe for disaster and if it wasn’t for the fact that the event was for charity (Humour Foundation, Riding for the Disabled and the University of Sydney Diabetes Research Foundation) I think I would have pulled the pin.
The Entoure Charity Ride saw more than 80 riders (consisting of 11 corporate teams) cycle from the Northern Suburbs of Sydney to the Hunter Valley and back again…in support of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged kids…with the 10 member Datacom Victoria team raising more than $30,000.
Having not ridden these types of consecutive distances for more than 10 years (Day 1 – 160km, Day 2 – 100km and Day 3 – 150km) I was expecting my legs, lower back and neck to be in a real mess, but I was amazed as to how I coped with the distance, the pot holes in the Hunter Valley, the pace of the racing and the hill climbing. I can only put this down to my Parlee Z3 that not only looked fantastic but dealt with everything that was thrown at it…..and was stiff and light enough for me to bring home the bacon in a couple of the competitive events.
Entoure is an organization with a shared passion for kids, sport and life who currently run cycle events to give kids, doing it tough, a reason to smile. The Entoure Hunter Valley Charity Ride supports seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged kids and our beneficiaries will be the Humour Foundation, Riding for the Disabled,and the University of Sydney Diabetes Research Foundation. 85% of the Gross Value of all donation funds raised is directed to support these well deserving charities.”