Last month the determined Reef Rode RAFE (Ride Against Greenhouse Emissions) team arrived home from their successful 4,000km journey from Ballarat to Port Douglas. Along the way they raised funds and awareness of the need to protect Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and broke the lap record at the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough, Queensland.
We caught up with the team to find out more…
RACV EB: How did the journey unfold?
Reef Rode RAGE team: Throughout our journey the team of eight riders shared the riding time in stints ranging from 90 minutes to three hours depending on a variety of factors including terrain, temperature and road surface. We reached a top speed of 110 kph and maintained a strong average speed of 60kph across the whole ride. We didn’t have any serious mechanical issues beyond a couple of punctures from road debris. Our road legal pedal-electric hybrid vehicle with a 200 watt assist motor named Nemo was designed and built by team-member Geoff Wood, as part of our team’s G-Trikes program. However, the vehicle did not only prove to be fast, but also extremely safe, reliable and durable – so much that so that we will be able to use this same vehicle in next month’s RACV Energy Breakthrough.
RACV EB: What’s the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough, Queensland like?
Reef Rode RAGE team: As part of our mission our team participated in the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough, Queensland. With only five school aged riders eligible to ride and having already ridden over 2,000km to get there, the team were shocked when we impressively took 5 seconds off the event lap record during the practice session! We then lowered it by a further four seconds off later in the event.
Overall, Reef Rode RAGE finished second in our category and 5th overall, a highly commended effort on our first year in the event.
Team-member Chloe Ride-Burns commented with a smile: