Wood & Grieve Engineers’ (WGE) annual pedal event is back again this year, with our Busselton Bike Ride happening on 23 November.
2018 marks the 12th year WGE has hosted the event, which attracts a wide-range of participants including staff, clients, family and friends. The route starts at our Perth office, finishing more than 250km later at our Busselton headquarters, with last year’s group finishing the ride in just over 11 hours.
While the time and distance may seem daunting, the ride’s organising committee stress that it’s not a race – everyone who rides, rides together. Well, maybe except for a few who race to the finish, but that’s only for the really competitive.
Mechanical Project Engineer Alex Deluca, who will participate in the ride for the ninth time, says the event is always a great time full of laughs and comradery.
“The Busselton Bike Ride is always a great day,” he said. “There is always plenty of laughs and banter, which makes it such a great team event.
“We’ve had people return year after year, and their experience is really great. But it’s always exciting to welcome someone new to the event. Even if you’re not much of a cyclist in your spare time, it’s an achievable ride.
“The route is generally flat, so it’s only the distance that makes it challenging. But we have a few stops scheduled along the trip, including at our present CEO José (Granado) and former CEOs (Mike Best) houses, where they put on some food and refreshments.
“It really is a great community initiative and something I personally look forward to every year.”
Around 30 people participated in last year’s event, averaging 30km per hour despite stopping for a few flat tyres. They also helped to raise $3,500 for charity, and will be embarking on a fundraising campaign again – this year for Make-A-Wish Australia.
“While the event isn’t solely about fundraising, part of WGE’s culture is about being an active member of the community,” Alex said.
“That’s why each year the organising committee has encouraged participants to help raise funds for charity. This year we’ll be asking for donations to Make-A-Wish Australia to help make one (or more) child’s wish become a reality.”
And in true responsible fashion, WGE will be organising a 12-week training schedule for those who are interested in participating. Made up of short rides around the metropolitan area, the aim is to build up the stamina required for the 250-plus kilometre journey, while also creating a team bond.
Previous participants will be contacted shortly with further details on registering for this year’s event. If you’re interested in participating in the 2018 Busselton Bike Ride, please contact Michael Matrakis on (08) 6222 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.