Ross Bowles

Getting so close to my $20k target for 20/21

Copy this address to go to the highlights video of this years ride - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RleLMdLugJg

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my total,
currently:  $16,474.

Plus, not only do I have the never ending support of my darling wife Di, but this year our wonderful daughter Jasmine, who rode both days on a trainer in Scotland, racked up a whopping 250 km, raising over $1,600, so proud!   Family total, just over $18k !

I'm so very pleased to be able to report that the current total raised so far, for the 2020-2021 Bike Ride for Brain Cancer, is a massive  $278,211 - Hopefully we can get that to $300,000 

Massive thankyou to you all

And a few pics at the bottom of this page, more to follow

2021 Bike Ride for Brain Cancer - Wrapped Up

What a fantastic event and incredible effort by all to ride anywhere in the Hunter this weekend.  To be able to get any kilometres done is a credit to Kent and all at Entour, keeping us safe in atrocious conditions.  The total distance ridden was less than expected but the enthusiasm and endurance, shown by the riders, was absolutely outstanding.

A delayed start followed by an uplift to Wollombi didn't seem to stress anyone, and like one brain cancer survivor commented, "it is what it is so let's get on with it!" 

At times on day 1, when visibility was almost zero, when there were more pot holes than bitumen, when rain jackets only served as parachutes, and every inch of every rider was dripping wet, there wasn't a complaint to be heard.

Even when we had completed the required 60km loop, wet, cold and expecting a well-earned late lunch there was still plenty of fire left - "hey why don't we keep going and get past the 100km mark?"   To the surprise of the supporters but not the riders, Peloton 1 continued on and completed their (revised) goal even though it was after 3pm.  Well ridden everyone. 

 Late arrival for lunch at Myrtle & Stone - a cafe and tapas bar in the historic town of Wollombi which is run by former champion cyclist, Kristy Srymgeour.

 The Riders Dinner at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley was a very special evening and enabled all the riders to meet and share stories.  Most importantly we were able to here, first hand, how the research is progressing and, just how important the tissue samples are for the researchers.

Day 2 saw the predicted storms continue and the whole Sydney and Northern  Rivers  regions batten down the hatches.  For rider safety the on road ride was cancelled however some of the riders were able to add to their kilometres on their trainers.  I went for a short ride to see how bad the weather had turned and came across closed roads and weather much the same as Friday – horrible.

 The Long Lunch at Calais Estate was a fitting end to the event, massive thanks to Trina from Calais.  Until next year, stay safe, Ross.

What Rain?

The forecast for the weekend looks bleak, rain, rain and more rain - let's just say it will be an epic adventure of drought breaking proportions.  

So just as our ride to the Hunter Valley tomorrow goes on, so does my fundraising to try to get to $20k. 

My small target of $15k (including the $10k carried over from my Everest ride last year) has been reached - massive thanks to everyone.  Please forward the donation link below to as many of your friends as you can, cheers Ross

https://www.bikerideforbraincancer.com.au/fundraisers/rossbowles/bike-ride-for-brain-cancer

Why I'm 1 of the Fortunate Few and why I'm Riding 250 kms this weekend.

Fortunate, Blessed, Fluky or plain Lucky – that’s me.  Why?

I’m lucky to be here after nearly 8 years, the horrible statistics that I faced in 2013, which have barely improved in 30 years, show that only 1 in 5 diagnosed with brain cancer, will survive more than 5 years.

I’m fortunate that the type of brain tumour that I had (cancerous, grade 3, Oligodendroglioma) was slow growing and able to be treated with Surgery, Radiation and Chemotherapy. 

Privileged that my incredible team of specialists have been able to keep me on the right side of the statistics.  I’m obviously pleased that Mondays regular MRI came back all clear with no re-growth found, but still no guarantee that it wont return one day.

Blessed to have a wonderful supporting family that enables me to ride, train hard and enjoy racing my bike.

Most who are diagnosed with brain cancer are not as lucky as me, so please support my ride and help accelerate brain cancer research -https://www.bikerideforbraincancer.com.au/fundraisers/rossbowles/bike-ride-for-brain-cancer

Thanks for your support – you can find out more at:

Brain Cancer Research - https://www.braincancercollective.com.au/

Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia - http://www.bcba.org.au/

Family Fundraising

We are so proud of our daughter Jasmine who will be riding her bike (on a trainer) at her home in Scotland, the same distance and at the same time, to raise money for Brain Cancer research.  Jas was brilliant early last year helping organise me on social media for my Everest ride, such an amazing young lady who keeps on giving.

https://www.braincancercollective.com.au/fundraisers/jasminebowles/bike-ride-for-brain-cancer---scotland

Only 2 Weeks Until The 2021 Bike Ride For Brain Cancer

With just over 2 weeks until we hit the road for Brain Cancer, training is almost complete, now to focus on the main goal, fundraising.

https://www.bikerideforbraincancer.com.au/fundraisers/rossbowles/bike-ride-for-brain-cancer

Due to the sudden arrival of Covid-19 the 2020 Brain Cancer Bike Ride was postponed until the 19th and 20th of March 2021.  My successful Everest ride was one of the last events to be held prior to the lockdown and we were very grateful to be able to raise over $10,000.

Like most things in the past 12 months, the major fundraising for the Bike Ride for Brain Cancer was severely effected.  We have an amazing group of riders for the 2021 ride, most like me have a personal experience with Brain Cancer and understand the desperate need to help researchers find a cure to this insidious disease.

Please visit my page and dig deep for Brain Cancer Research, THANKYOU

COMPLETED My Everest Challenge

We did it !  - Yes Martin and I rode the height of Everest in one ride to become recognised as "Everesters" - 8900 m, 17 hours, 380 kms,
49 repeats of Brooklyn Hill - Brooklyn Rd to Pie In The Sky

       Amount Raised - $10,449 - Amazing Support, THANKS everyone


On Saturday 21st March 2020 I will be riding my first Everest.

I will need valuable support from friends, family and a few individuals who find riding +300km in a day, a pleasure.  Make no mistake, I find the idea completely nuts but I am dedicated to complete the ride to raise money for Brain Cancer research.

The all important numbers:

     Height of Everest = 8848 metres                                   

     Number of laps = 49 ascents of Brooklyn Climb

     Distance to ride = 367 kilometres

     Estimated time to complete = about 17 hours

I am riding Everest to put into perspective just how hard it is to fight Brain Cancer and to raise funds to find a cure. 


Today we desperately need major breakthroughs in brain cancer.  It remains one of the most devastating cancers and is one of the most under researched of all the cancer groups

Hi! I need your support

I'm taking part in The Bike Ride for Brain Cancer raising funds for research to find new treatments and better outcomes for children and adults suffering from this devastating disease.

I would be so grateful if you could please help me make a difference and donate to my fundraising page.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you'll receive a receipt via email. Thank you in advance for your support.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$10.44k

Team Everest

$1.67k

Bike Ride For Brain Cancer Scotland - By Jazz Bowles

$510

Mark Worrall

Rosco. You are a machine mate and I am very honoured to support you again for this special event. I look forward to seeing you on the ride. Cheers Mark

$510

Ross Bowles

This ones for the grand kids future

$260

Sandy & Geoff Bowles

Way to go, Jas and Ross!

$260

Warren Page

Can’t make the ride this year but great to see you continuing to fly the flag.

$260

Andrew Rodgers

Go uncle Arthur go!!

$260

Trudi Cassin

Lovely email re 'Luck'. Enjoy the ride! Trudi

$260

Helen Douglas

Hi Ross This is in honour of Alex Tarr 35years old with an 18 month old son and lives in CapeTown. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma last October and is currently travelling that terrible road. His mother is a close friend of mine and Im in contact with her regulatly to offer inadequate support. You are awesome and go well on your ride tomorrow.

$250

Evelyn & Allen Lee

best wishes ross for your epic ride

$208

Ryan Rogers

Go get em Ross!!!

$114.40

Nikki & Dave Bannister

Love your work Ross. Don’t forget to wear a life jacket, you may need it!

$114.40

Andrew Gebicki

Good luck and enjoy the ride Ross.

$114.40

Bill Horn

Barb and I are pulling for you Rosser! Have a great ride! Bill and Barb Horn

$114.40

Cathie Glendenning

Right behind ya Ross xx

$114.40

Molly Sheppard

Blessed are those who have been through the rough and comes up shining.

$114.40

Chris And Linda Hatfield

Wish you the best Ross!! Love you!!

$114.40

The Ips

Congratulations to another inspirational ride Ross!!

$114.40

Martin Pengilly

Inspirational Ross

$110

Ross Bowles

$110

Josie Downey

$110

J Musich

$110

Adam Hartard

$104

Daryn Middlebrook

Well done Ross. We are all very proud of you for your amazing ongoing commitment to this vital cause. So fortunate to have you guys as our friends😀

$104

Elise

Wishing you all a safe ride.

$104

Reed & Mary Ann Lynn

Have a great and safe ride, Ross.

$104

Y & D Timbs

Go Ross and team Bowles!

$104

Terry Chigwidden

Well done Ross, all the best for the ride!!

$104

Natasha Savage

Hi Ross, Keep up the good work. From The Savages, from Artarmon!

$104

Anne Mccotter

Wish you all the best for achieving your goal.

$104

Mark Graydon

Love your passion and dedication Ross.

$100

James Falkiner

Remembering MJF who succumbed to glioblastoma in 2019.

$100

Andy B

Go well Ross - you're an inspiration. Great cause

$92.56

Mark Lacey

Champion effort Ross!

$72.80

Jill Mcdougall

$72.80

Craig Downing

$72.80

Jack De Vries

G'day Ross, Great to hear you're participating in this fantastic event again, especially after the last 12 mths of Lockdowns, etc..so stay healthy, enjoy it...and go hard! Cheers, Jack

$72.80

Brent Mckean

Have a great ride mate! Very proud of you, love Brent, Holly, Billy, Matilda and Elvi.

$72.80

Monna

Good on you Ross💪🏻

$72.80

Jeffrey Wainwright

You're a legend loss. Keep climbing those hills.

$72.80

Jeffrey Wainwright

You're a legend Ross. Keep powering up those hills.

$72.80

Robert & Karen Arnold

Go for it. Keep up the good work.

$70

Judith And Noel

$60

Jon Leighton

Your age is no barrier and my fastest grandpa brain cancer survivor athlete, now that is a select group. Ride for all of us mate and 100% will ride with you next year! and of course every Tuesday between. Best Coach Jon aka Flying Scotsman

$57.20

Bill Wood

It'll be like a walk in the park for you Ross. Good Luck.

$55.12

Ruth & Phil

$52

Mkk

$52

John Hunt

$52

The Shadies

Go Ross!

$52

Jennie & Pete

Keep up the great work Ross

$50

Katie Banerjee

Rosco - the fastest gramps I know. Keep turning those pedals, keep the donations rolling in

$50

Sonia South

You are a champion Ross.

$50

Anthony Broome

Happy to support you on this very worthy cause!

$50

Julia Apperley

Nice work Ross - good luck! X

$36.40

Richard Meacock

Good luck Ross!!

$36.40

Jane Drummond

Go Ross!

$36.40

Diana Zhou

$36.40

Olivia Simons

$10

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