I'm taking the challenge

Variety Bikes for Kids with Andrew

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I'm Fundraising for Variety Bikes for Kids!

COVID19 has affected us all in many ways with many changes such as the widespread adoption of virtual working becoming a permanent and positive one.  For me, surviving 6 months in lockdown was about focusing on the important things in my life – my family, my clients, my farm and riding my bike.  Unfortunately, not everyone has a bike.

1 in 6 Australian kids live below the poverty line. Now, more than ever, families are under increased strain to cover essential items, meaning more Australian kids will miss out on the freedom, joy, independence, and inclusion of owning a bike.  This has inspired me to sign up to raise money and give disadvantaged children their very first bike through the Variety Bikes for Kids program! 

In January 2021, I will be celebrating a milestone birthday and my original plan was to hike to Mount Everest base camp.  Then COVID-19 happened, and I needed to adapt. COVID is not going to change my ambitions, just how I achieve them. 

So what better way to celebrate my birthday than to complete an Everesting Challenge – which is to repeatedly ride a bicycle up one hill enough times to complete 8848m vertical meters, the height of Mount Everest https://everesting.cc/.  

Please support my ride and together let’s raise enough money to help more kids experience the joys of receiving a bike at Christmas!

Over the next eight weeks I would love to hear your thoughts on:

How helping giving bikes to disadvantaged children will generate lifelong benefits?

What COVID changes will become a permanent part of your life? How have you adapted?

How do you get ready to ride a bicycle for 12-hours and climb the equivalent of 2681 storeys?

Thank you so much for your support. 


My Achievements

My Entries

Everest Challenge Complete

Tuesday 2nd Feb

A small set back - Cysts in both knees :(

Thursday 21st Jan
Hi everyone,
Its hard to believe that after 14 weeks, 3221km, 146 hours and 48,453 vertical meters the ride is only 11 days away. This has only been possible because of the support of my family (my wife now calls herself a bike widow 🤣) friends and everyone who has supported the charity with donations fast approaching $3,500.
If you (or someone you know) would like to donate please click on the following link.
A few special mentions who have gone above and beyond to support the challenge:
SRAM Australia, for providing a beautiful Trek Emonda for the ride and training support.
The team at MP1 constructions for the outfits and training support. https://mp1buildinggroup.com.au/
And lastly the whole team helping me recover from the cysts in my knees:
Matt Appleton for the podiatry support https://www.lifecare.com.au/.../our-team/matthew-appleton/
The team at Lilydale Osteo and Natural Health https://www.lilydaleosteopathy.com.au/
Sarah Young for out of hours Osteo support linkedin.com/in/sarah-young-9299061b3
Without your support, guidance and advice the ride may not have been possible.

Everest Milestone - I rode to Base Camp

Sunday 13th Dec
Yesterday was my first major milestone - ride to base camp 5364m.  The day went well  8hr 15min, 100km, 6600 calories and 5,518m mission accomplished.  Lots of friends and family came out to cheer me on - a massive thanks.

More importantly we have received so many generous donations and we are well on track to meet the target, right now 10 kids will have a new bike for Christmas!  Well done everyone.

A sneek peek at the preferred location

Thursday 3rd Dec
I have selected 3 location to attempt the Everest Challenge, the picture in this blog is the target one.  Its 650m long, rise 77m and I will need to ride it 115 times.  Ride plan is between 11 and 13 hours.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Andrew Wegener


Matt Appleton

Good luck with the ride Wegsy


Baw Baw Shire - Community Safety Team

Good luck with the ride Andrew!


Joelene Schembri

If anyone can do this Andrew, you can! Good on you!


Scott Vildovas

Hi Wegs, What an awesome challenge. I know you will smash it this weekend. Best Wishes


Mark Halbish

Wegs, next level commitment, many of us will take such inspiration from your achievement. Best of luck mate.



No-one ever had this much fun on their street!


Deborah Young

Well done Andrew! Amazing effort for a great cause! Love the Youngs


Jacquie And Peter

Good luck with the fundraising and the ride love Ma and Pa



Good Luck Wegsy.... it will be an awesome achievement!


Colin Fairweather


Steve & Kristy Allan

Keep peddling Wegs!


Elca Electrical Services Pty Ltd

Good luck Andrew


Geoff Fraser

Smash it Andrew - such a great cause


Alison Legg


Tony @ Lp

Glad its your challenge and not mine !!!!


Tania And Hans Dudink

You have a beautiful soul.


Jill And Rob


Emma Oliver

Happy 50th Wegs. Always inspiring and motivating 👌 All the best. Em Clint Tay


Kieran & Belinda Short

Go Andrew! Give it your best. We all have challenges throughout life, and they always come when you really don't need them. We're proud of what you're doing and I've seen first hand how hard you're working for this. Good luck!


Sue And Rob Hodge

You are seriously a legend and know you will reach your goals. Cant wait to have that birthday drink with you as you will beat me getting to that big number milestone. He He


Stephen Allan

Go for it Wegs!


Alice & Rosie

Good luck, Andrew


Janette Wells

Good luck, Andrew and have an amazing ride.


Claire, Nick & Kids

Amazing effort Wegs, will make some kids very happy!


Peter Andrews


Malcolm & Helen Sterry

Hope you reach your target


Peter Gosden



Alice & Ant

Amazing challenge Andrew!


Sewell Smyth

Good luck and best wishes Andrew. Knees are the most overrated joints anyhow.




Cameron Walker

great cause Wegs, all the best Cam


Steve Coldham

Good luck Andrew!


John Lambe


Tom Mcqualter


Ann Curtis & Graeme Williams

Good Luck, Andrew


Wayne Mack

Yay for kids having bikes! Good luck!


Kelly Short

Best of luck with the ride Andrew!


Peter Wright

Great cause Andrew. All the best for 2021


Caroline Bell

Good luck Andrew


Vakeesh Ganesharatnam


Cliff Turner


Denny Cottle