BNT "Bob Adam" Memorial Challenge 2019

Help support the blokes from Berowra as they ride their way along the Bicentennial National Trail.

$8132 raised

the story

The "Bicentennial National Trail" (otherwise referred to as the "BNT") follows the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and the Eastern Escarpment from Cooktown QLD to Healesville VIC. As it winds along Australia's Eastern Seaboard the "BNT" reveals some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The Trail provides access through some of Australia's wildest, most inaccessible country and provides endless fascination for those interested in our unique geography, fauna and flora and traditional watering holes. The Berowra BNT blokes' goal is to travel the entire length of the trail in sections over the coming years.

Despite the baptism of fire last year when we completed the 530kms of section 1 from Cooktown to Gunnawarra by mountain bike over a 2-week period, the Berowra lads are lining up again this year to continue with Section 2 from Gunnawarra to Collinsville !! That's 655 kms in 14 days. Last year's challenge was the extremely physical traversal of the Great Dividing Range from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation to Mt Molloy and on to Mt Garnet and Gunnawarra. We literally climbed a couple of mountains and pushed, carried and rode our bikes with fully loaded panniers across some most inhospitable horse trails around Irvinebank and Kingsborough.

We will again be completing the journey in support of the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation. And in doing so we would like to dedicate the 2019 BNT Challenge to the memory of a truly wonderful family man in Bob Adam. Bob, who passed away recently, was the much loved Dad to Andrew Adam, one of our mates in the BNT riders group.

The plan is for 8 mountain bike riders (all 50+ old boofheads) supported by our trusty 80 Series Landcruiser support vehicle, and driver Westy, to set out from Gunnawarra on Saturday 8 June 2019 to complete the 655kms to Collinsville by Saturday 22 June 2019. While Section 2 will be a little flatter than section 1 the first 8 nights bush camping, without a pub in sight, may present a different type of challenge for the boys ???

the riders

Andrew "AA" Adam

Andrew "AA" Adam

It's Mulga Andrew, from Berowra Heights, that's caught the BNT cycling craze;
He's turned away the good old KTM that served him many days;
He has dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen;
He's hurried off to town and bought a shining new MTB cycling machine.

A.A's been training with an 'air' of lordly pride.
Putting in the big sessions when training for the "BNT Sporting Chance ride".
A.A's lookin forward to this special occasion and it's anticipated many stories.
And to return back home to relate to his mates the many wonderful memories.

Phil "Yakka" Yates

Phil "Yakka" Yates

Yakka's goin a ridin' now, 'Gainst Drought, the red marauder;
Yakka's goin with his mates now, Across the Queensland border.
The boys will ride a bit and raise some funds for the 'Sporting Chance Foundation'
While along the C.R.E.B track, they'll be silently praying there's something to drink other than water.
At the end of the ride they'll enjoy a glass and raise a bob to help the kids of our wonderful nation.
As they know they "oughta"

Greg "Westy" West

Greg "Westy" West

Westy's wheels are made for 'Rollin' and that's just what they'll do.
He'll be our support driver and ensure we see the BNT ride through.
Gregorian has the old 'Cruiser' ready for a packin,
Westy will wake those BNT boy's up in the morning and ensure that on the next day's ride they're a crackin
Mud can make you prisoner, and the plains can bake you dry
A camp fires smoke can burn your eyes, but be ready for the next day and don't let Westy see you cry.

Paul "Mer-rie" Maher

Paul "Mer-rie" Maher

"We'll all be ridin,"from Cooktown to Gunnawarra said Mer-rie
In accents most all so very merry
Inside the Berowra Rrrie - ere the ode began
One thirsty Friday afternoon as the idea past his mates, he ran.
Mer-rie say's this ride won't be easy in a somewhat 'All-knowing' remark.
All the while listening to Clive's concerns of flooding creeks & crocodiles.
Mer-rie sits down, sips his Guinness - 'then pokes the Bear'- to give the conversation 'SPARK'

Stuey "Spoonie" Montgomery

Stuey "Spoonie" Montgomery

Stuey's an MTB rider as easily can be seen.
He's rid-in all the outback trails from Berowra to the River-rine
Stu's panniers are packed and He's getting excited as everyone can tell.
With all the training that Stu has done, he'll no doubt be riding like a 'bat out of Hell'.

So Hurrah, me boys, Stu's gears are set and he's feeling both fit and well
Tomorrow will find Stu on his bike when Westy rings the bell
With Cruskits, cheese and salami for lunch already in his pack.
Stu is ready for the ride from Cooktown to Gunnawarra with his mates along the track.

Christian "Tree" Kelly

Christian "Tree" Kelly

Mile after mile
Tree pedalled in style
But never once left the ground
You're going too slow said a passing crow
Try reaching the speed of sound

So Tree put on a spurt
My God how it hurt
Both the soles of Tree's feet caught on fire
As Tree went through The Cooktown stream
There were great clouds of steam
But Tree still never got any higher!

Paul "Hughesy" Hughes

Paul "Hughesy" Hughes

You can hear the heart beats pound as they race across the ground,
And the clatter of the wheels as they spin 'round and 'round.
As he rides into Blue Ridge Crescent, his badge upon his chest,
His name it is Hughesy, and he rides the fastest MTB in the west.

Each Saturday Hughesy pushes his MTB through the garage door.
To go training with the BNT Boy's as he's done a thousand times before.
His young Irish Bride 'Rita'- requests 'if you could be back before 4'- that would most certainly be best.
And that tickles Old Hughesy -The fastest MTB rider beyond 'Berowra' to the west

Clivey "BOOF" Carre

Clivey "BOOF" Carre

Clivey's planning- travellin' in the Queensland drought over hill and dell,
It's expected there's No grass - the water far apart, all dry and hot as hell.
The BNT Boy's will draw up beside a crocodile free water-hole -
They'll struggle on through dust and drought for days to reach their goal.
And though the Bar may render forth, a rank, unholy stench,
Clivey will lead the BNT Boys and they'll drink deep their thirst to quench.

Jim "Jimbo" Beaumont

Jim "Jimbo" Beaumont

It was Jimbo from near Yallambie Park who rode around Berowra town, He rode over street and park, and he rode up and down. He rode here; he rode there, till he was like to drop, As he prepared to ride from Cooktown to Gunnawarra with the occasional overnight stop. "'Ere! Give me my MTB and I'll off, I'll be a man of mark, I'll go and ride the BNT with me mates and try not to lose too much bark".

Jimbo is a humorist of note and after a glass or 2 - he'll cuddle anyone who is near. However if he has one too many - you'll be drinking in a state of somewhat reverent fear. And if he sees a new friend arrive, he's likely to whisper "Here's a lark! Just watch me bite him on the ear", this man from Yallambie Park.

Bernard "Bernie" ODonohue

Bernard "Bernie" O'Donohue

The X Ray pictures of Bernie's hands are faded and his hand is feeling sore.
And the doctors say such breaks as these, that they've never seen before.
Now it seems that Bern gets up each morning and prays another bone that he'll not break.
For He know's that if he does - the BNT ride he'll never make.

Well- Nicole suggests that he should stay in Sydney - and get his sporting intentions re-aligned.
But He's a stubborn "old coot" and she knows she'll never change his mind.
For the talk seems to have gone on with Bern forever - talk of doing the BNT run.
However Nicole knows now he won't be back till the BNT is well and truly done.

Tim "T.K" Kinchington

Tim "T.K" Kinchington

A lanky young bloke once rode to Berowra town on a sunny summer's day.
This fine young cyclist became known to the locals and rode under the guise of T.K.
His riding ability was unsurpassed and this was acknowledged all over town.
T.K's cycling tricks were difficult to emulate, and this caused a few to frown.

He rode around every local land mark.
Around every street lamp, post and park.
For riding was T.K's special gift and falling off - well never - T.K was often heard to boast.
As it was riding around Berowra - That most certainly did please young cycling T.K most.

As T.K rode around Berowra town training for the B-N-T.
The local folk described - 'he was truly a most superfluous and magnificent sight to see!
His manoeuvrings through every corner,
Round every post and well almost every tree!

Well- T.K is on the mend now and doing all "it takes".
To be ready for the BNT - for it has been noted that T.K is riding now with both hands on the brakes!

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