Project Discovery 5 Feb 18-20 2021

17 cyclists and four support riders once again rode for three consecutive days to raise funds for the Neil Sachse Centre research for spinal cord injury. Day 1 saw them head out from The Arkaba Hotel to Tanunda, via Stirling, morning tea at stunning Barristers Block at Woodside, with the famous Village Baker Lamb shank pies at Mount Pleasant. After 130kms on Day 1, they enjoyed the fine wines of Hentley Farms Wines; part of the special surprise for that evening.

Day 2 saw the riders looping another 100 km through Nuriootpa, Truro and Eudunda. The mercury was high by this time, with 44C recorded on the leg out of Eudunda. The wind constantly shifted to blow into the face of the cyclists, resulting in a very tough hot day of cycling. Despite the exhaustion, we all arrived at Yalumba that evening for wine tasting, and bottomless bowls of pasta in the Barrel Room, a fantastic experience.

Finally, the heat subsided for Day 3,  as the cyclists headed back up over the Adelaide ranges into the city; over 90 kms. A picturesque ride, but full of steep and long climbs; after three days this was no easier than the previous day. Barossa Mayor Bim Lange rode along with the group too!

Over three days, over $90,000 was raised, by 17 cyclists. They experienced extreme conditions and showed the spirit Neil always personified; quiet determination to get the job done, taking time out to recover if required, but returning to the challenge asap.

PD5 donations will be open until March 31, so it’s not too late to see Ryan O’Hare Doig succeed in his commitment to Everest on his bike. The concept of Everesting is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest. Complete the challenge on a bike, on foot, or online, and you’ll find your name in the Hall of Fame, alongside the best climbers in the world. Mt. Everest Challenge – Once $8,848 has been donated (his target), in addition to the 8,848 vertical metres already climbed, Ryan will attempt to complete the Mt. Everest challenge, or ‘Everesting’ as some of you may know it as.

Therefore, Ryan will cycle the equivalent elevation of Mt. Everest on Zwift in one continuous ride, whereby he will do 8.5 laps (Lap Distance 24.4km; Lap Gain 1036) of Alpe Du Zwift ( This is a huge challenge, and it will be approximately 12-15 hours of continuous riding, with 208.8km being covered. Ryan might even do it at SAHMRI so you can witness his grand achievement. Please sponsor Ryan to achieve this goal! He’s close, with $6,802 donated to date and only $2,046 more required…

To all our amazing sponsors and  supporters; we thank you. You provide the essential framework for this event, and we are always delighted to have your participation. PD6 is planned for November 18-20 2021, so expect a call from me in the next month to explore your interest in partnering again with us on this fabulous event. As always these funds are directed to the spinal cord injury research lead by Dr Ryan Doig.

I have attached a few photos, but please go to the NSC Facebook page to see the remainder.

Lunch on the road

Dinner at Yalumba Wines

Barossa Mayor Bim Lange joined our the peloton.

How hot?!! 44C on the road on Day 2

Ready to depart PD5: keen as ever!