Harold & Jeni Hawson – water stop 2014
Alan, on behalf of both Jeni and I thank you for all of your work and effort to make the Challenge the success it obliviously was. We simply has a ball, met lots of wonderful people and felt like we had been there before.
Jeni commented on the way home that it was one of the best holidays we have had.
Lorraine & Alan Hancox – Water Stop 2012
Our son, Graham was part of a support team in 2011 and became determined to enter in 2012. We thought we would be a support crew for another rider this year but that did not eventuate so successfully applied to become Water-Stop Officials. We have been in or across the Simpson Desert at least once per year since 1998, it is always different but this was quite a new experience.
Congratulations to everybody involved in this marvelous event; organisers, riders, officials, support crews and sponsors, without whom it just couldn’t happen.
Tim Grimes – Rider 2012
Day 4, 11.30 am. Temperature about 45. Location, somewhere in the Simpson Desert. 5K from the finish of the stage and with an hour to get there, I sat down under a tree and told myself I had had enough, I was pedaling no more. I decided there that there were two types of people in this world, those of us who pedal the Simpson, and sane people. (more…)
Mark Dalton – Rider 2009
I kept on riding and when the boxing kangaroo flag came into view my spirits lifted. As I crossed the finish line Mark Polley and Donna congratulated me and Cassandra who I did not know proceeded to give me food and fluids.
I did not know this person but her caring nature was quite overwhelming. It was at this point that I realised that the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge was more than just riding a bike. I considered it was about a whole range of truly positive experiences with people in a unique environment. As I looked around with the sun setting I noticed the beautiful colours of the sand on the horizon. What a sight. What an experience. I not only felt truly tired but I felt truly alive.
Mark Dalton 2009 (comments from Day 3)