Adrian Matthews


I'm riding in Around the Bay 2019 to help kids in need!

Because 1 in 6 Australian kids are growing up in disadvantaged homes, where even the basics in life are hard to come by. But by supporting their education, they can break this cycle of disadvantage.

Your donation will give these kids the essentials they might otherwise miss out on like school books, bags, uniforms, shoes and the help they need to keep up at school. Its a great cause!

Plus, your support will give me great motivation to keep pedaling in training and on the big day!

Thanks for your help and don't forget to leave your message of 'encouragement' when you donate :)


One month to go

One month to go. Obviously I have bitten off more than I can chew. So says everyone. Plan is to chew like mad. 500km in my legs in Aug, half on the work (read ‘race’ bike). Current training strategy is to watch for a windy day, then ride into it. To simulate the ‘race’ bike I have prepped the daily mountain bike to be more representative. Drop the tyre pressures a bit, disable the big wheel gears, make the brakes drag a bit and wear uncomfortable clothes. Driven by my worry of getting up the Westgate Bridge, yesterday had plans to ride the ‘race’ bike up Mt Pleasant then Barabool Rd hills followed by Challambra, maybe a few times. Into a headwind, got up the first half of Mt Pleasant but on cresting found the torque applied on the single speed had jammed the drive clutch which took a bit to free up. Second half of Mt Pleasant flogged me and by the time I got to the top was looking for a plot in the adjacent cemetery! Cancelled Challambra. Crawled 20km home with my tale between my legs. On a positive note, looks like the spine surgeon did a good job after all, given I didn’t feel anything burst! The journey continues.....

Here I go again.

Well after 9 months of not throwing a leg over a bike (it’s taken me that long to recover from the 135km last year) I thought it might be “fun” to have a crack at the 210km. Same MO as last year - work bike (bike basket, 19kg of steel single speed robustness) fire retardant work PPE, steel cap boots. So it’s back on the horse to search for that elusive “happy place” between nausea and angina to make sure I can ride for 12hours straight.  Why would I do that to myself? It’s to help families that have fallen on hard times and need a hand to get back up. Thanks so much to those that helped me raise $4400 last year- that helped a lot of kids via the Smith Family. I’d love to make an even $5k this year to help even more families but can’t without your precious donation, big or small. So thank you for your kindness, it will make a difference.

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Log training ride

$36 to provide a book pack

$61 to provide a uniform

$140 to provide a sports pack

$624 to sponsor a student for one year

Reached Goal

Thank you to my Sponsors


Heather And Graham

With much admiration ....Good luck Adi. Sure you will go really well.


Thys Heyns

Good luck Adrian. Brave effort and sorry I will not be around to witness it.



Penalty accepted, totally worth it...give it a solid tilt mate!


Cass Mitchell

Well done Adi! Good luck and enjoy the ride...don’t hold back on a good pair of bike shorts and some baby powder! 😎




Jen Matthews

Just remember the 5 P’s and you’ll be fine... very proud of you xxx


Chris Portch

Good luck Adrian, hope there's a tail wind all the way.



You are so inspiring, you have absolutely got this. Stay safe and be gentle on yourself.


Susie Baird

I can't believe you're doing the 210! But I'm in awe of what you are doing. Sorry I couldn't join you, I don't have a work bike any more. Can't wait to hear how you go on the day. Go well!


Luke Richardson

Good Luck Mate!!


Jake Moss

Awesome stuff Adi, good luck with the ride!


Rodney & Carolyn Mcfadden

Mate, you are an Inspiration to all, to be able to push yourself for this special cause, the kids will definitely benefit for your ride around the bay, congratulations and good luck.


Mardi Howe

Good luck Adi great effort ❤️ Mardi & Jeff 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️


George O'd

Good onya Adrian, I'll keep an eye on your leadup preparations, all the best for another (though longer) ride. Regards


Sam Litster

Go well, cobber!


Ashley Banks

Great effort returning on the refinery bike for the longer ride this year Adrian. You are an inspiration to us all.


Deb Schroer

You are a true Viva Legend! Legendary effort to go back to back with last year! Safe riding xx


Yvonne Robinson

Good luck Adrian.. We are very proud of you 😁


Debbie Williams

utter madness