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April 7th, 2016 | Blog Latest

Pollie Pedal 2016 Day 5: Forbes to Orange Today’s Pollie Pedal ride for Carer’s Australia was a 130 km journey from Forbes to Orange, via Canowindra. There was a sense of relief on the faces of the riders as they assembled in Victoria Park this morning, having survived a torturous […]

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April 5th, 2016 | Blog Latest

Pollie Pedal Day 3: Cootamundra to West Wyalong The last time I visited Cootamundra was a sad occasion, as it was the funeral of the former member for Hume, and longtime colleague, Alby Shultz. Alby epitomised the country people of Hume, a hard worker who fought fiercely for his principles […]

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April 4th, 2016 | Blog Latest

Pollie Pedal 2016 – Day 2: Yass to Cootamundra Day two of Pollie Pedal travelled through the Southern Tablelands, a 110 kilometre ride from Yass, the home of the great explorer, Hamilton Hume, to Cootamundra via Binalong and Harden. As we settle into our groups on the road, I recall […]

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April 3rd, 2016 | Blog Latest

Pollie Pedal 2016 – Day 1: Canberra to Yass It was a cloudy Autumn morning in Canberra as Lycra-clad riders assembled on Federation Mall at Parliament House for the start of the 19th annual Pollie Pedal. We arrived in Canberra the evening before for the 1,000 kilometre cycle through central […]

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August 17th, 2014 | Blog

Saturday, August 16 – Lithgow This is the toughest day of Pollie Pedal, a 150 kilometre ride from Mudgee to Lithgow. There are a series of climbs, including the 1,100 metre Cherry Tree Hill. A large cheer greeted the Prime Minister when he joined the rider’s dinner at Robert Oatley […]

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August 16th, 2014 | Blog

It is another long day in the saddle, with a series of community events at each end of the session. My day commences with a radio interview at 6:30am in the studios of the local radio station, 2DU. Then is it off to the Delroy Campus of the Dubbo College […]

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August 15th, 2014 | Blog

This is the longest leg of Pollie Pedal, a 160 kilometre stage from Coonabarabran to Dubbo. Riding across expansive tracts of Australia is a reminder that there is a vast difference between the ways of life in rural and city regions. The workers on their agricultural machinery, the farmers herding […]

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August 14th, 2014 | Blog

Day four of Pollie Pedal is a 137 km ride from Gunnedah to Coonabaraban. We roll out of the prosperous New England town at 8 am on a cold morning. Forty kilometres down the road, the peloton stops at the small Mullaley Public School, where the pupils and teachers have […]

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August 13th, 2014 | Blog

As the Pollie Pedal peleton rolls across the undulating plains between Tamworth and Gunnedah, I am reminded of Dorothea McKeller’s famous lines: I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. It is an appropriate place to recall McKeller’s ode […]

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August 12th, 2014 | Blog

The sight of Tamworth, the home of country music, is a welcome respite. It has been a long 153 kilometres in the saddle, crossing the ranges from Bingara where Pollie Pedal started on Monday morning. We had pedalled 60 kilometres before stopping at Barraba, where Barnaby Joyce joined us on […]

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