Kilometres in Distance



In 2017 a motley group of cyclists had a dream to ride across Australia from Bunbury to Bendigo…and we did it!  It was an excellent adventure for the riders and support crew as they worked together to achieve a significant milestone and for Bendigo charity MADCOW (that stands for Make A Difference, Change Our World) it provided tremendous energy and subsequent resources to enable them to more effectively support disadvantaged and marginalized people in our community.

Now, we have another instalment of the MADRIDE heading off again on July 4th.  Dave & Lewis Gillett were part of the original MADRIDE, and they want to keep riding around Australia for an adventure and to support MADCOW.   This time they are riding from Bendigo, through NSW, to the Queensland border…1100km in 8 days.  They will be joined by a few others and a dedicated support crew.  In 2017 the MADRIDE had great support and interest from lots of people and was really helpful in resourcing the work we have been doing with homeless and vulnerable people in Bendigo.  We hope that can continue this time. You can donate to MADCOW here on our home page, and will be able to  keep up to date with the ride at

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It feels like it's been a long time coming...we initially planned for September 2020, but COVID intervened. COVID restrictions still hang over us, but we hope April 2022 can work. We are planning for a group of 30 riders (full or part distance), and already have over...

MADRIDE – Day 21 Summary

For those of you who don't have Facebook we apologise for neglecting you.  On the last night in Boort we went live to Facebook for the last blog.  This included a number of thank you's to the key people involved and some stories of what it meant to the people that...

MADRIDE – Day 23 Summary

The ride is over, but the pain is still very real.  So the recovery process must begin.  To see how some riders have hopefully accelerated the process check out the video below. We would like to thank everyone that came out yesterday to see us arrive at the lake, it...

MADRIDE – Day 22 Summary

Day 22...the finish.  What an exciting day for us all!  Back to Day 21; we sent the video live to Facebook of our evening presentations at the Boort Tennis Club.  We will get some video onto here in the next couple of days, but it was a pleasant day of riding from...

MADRIDE Day 20 Summary

Day 20 and we had a very cold welcome into Victoria, but the day went as smoothly as we hoped and we worked well as a team to get into Tempy in good time. It's nice to back onto Victorian time..between time zone changes and daylight saving we have lost 3 hours since...

MADRIDE – Day 19 Summary

Day 19 is done and we are almost through our 2nd state (South Australia) as we pause at Pinnaroo for the night. We ticked over 3000km today too, which was a reason for celebration. That was in the middle of a strong head wind though, and the excitement came and went...

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MADRIDE – Day 18 Summary

Day 18 and we made the journey from Spalding to Waikerie. We passed through some very pleasant countryside, and some barren stuff that reminded us of the Nullarbor. We started out in jackets with a chilly 8 degrees, and ended up sweltering in 33 degrees. Enjoy the...

MADRIDE Day 17 Summary

Day 17, and we had a pleasant days riding from Port Augusta to Spalding. Plenty of traffic to work with until Crystal Brook and then a pleasant afternoon through the hills to Spalding. Enjoy hearing some of the support crew perspective on the ride....

MADRIDE Day 16 Summary

Here's Day 16 for everybody..Kimba to Port Augusta. It was only 154km and though we didn't have any wind assistance it went pretty smoothly and it was nice to finish by mid afternoon. A swim in the sea was excellent afterwards. Enjoy 🙂