CyclePower was born
from the belief that participation in sport and recreation is a basic human
right, that brings people together to build healthier communities. Since its inception
in 2011, CyclePower has shown how beneficial sport and recreation is for the health and
well-being of people of all abilities.
Current challenge - CyclePower Cambodia and Vietnam 2016
This year’s CyclePower challenge will
take participants back to Cambodia and Vietnam, to continue the work they
started in 2012 with women with disability.
Cycling over 500kms from Siem Reap in
Cambodia to Saigon in Vietnam, through heat, humidity, the CyclePower team are
geared up to face the elements as they promote health and wellbeing through
sport and recreation, and raise much needed funds to support people with
disability, both here and abroad.
Paralympic wheelchair basketball
medallists, Shelley Chaplin and Leanne Del Toro will be riding with the team, alongside
first-time participant Caitlyn Alger. Rosie Jenes, is returning for her second CyclePower
adventure, with Alex Gale-Grimes who in on her fourth consecutive challenge,
along with veteran handcyclist, Gary Connor.
In 2016, the CyclePower riders will
return to visit old friends – the Cambodian women from the Battambang women’s
wheelchair basketball team, a local sporting team initiated by CyclePower four
This intrepid fundraising initiative
combines the challenge of long-distance cycling with the chance to make a
difference. Show your support for these determined individuals, proving
anything is possible, by donating to the CyclePower fundraising page.
Challenge complete - CyclePower Laos 2015
Last years’ incredible challenge, saw
the CyclePower team take on the mountainous terrain of Laos.
Twelve participants, including four
hand cyclists, travelled across more than 500km, from Luang Prabang in the
north to the capital Vientiane over eight days, in a positive demonstration of
the strength and spirit of people with disability.
The ride promoted the awareness and
understanding of people with disability in Laos to reduce the stigma associated
with disability in a country where more than 80 million unexploded bombs,
landmines, grenades and rockets continue to maim locals. The riders also assisted
the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA) by donating wheelchairs and other equipment
for the Laos Wheelchair Basketball Program.
CyclePower gave participants
the opportunity to experience an active adventure and the rich history of Laos,
sharing a unifying positive experience with local people with disability.
incredible effort by the CyclePower team, they are looking forward to the next
Challenge complete - CyclePower Thailand 2014
In 2014, CyclePower took 20 participants to the scorching
heat and showering rains of Thailand, where the group rode 600km from Surat
Thani to Phuket in seven days.
With the goals of donation, aid and disability sport representation
at the forefront of theirs minds, the team helped out locals along the way by
donating sports equipment and general supplies as well as making a statement
about what people with disability are capable of achieving with the right
attitude and motivation.
The CyclePower riders also visited a local special school, made
the national Thai news, and were escorted through cities by vehicles with a
loudspeaker informing the locals of their identity and mission. Riders from the
Thai Cycling for Health Association and local Thai cycling groups joined our
team for different stages of the journey.
The team was fuelled by the motivation to conquer the
program’s longest distance yet, encouraging each other along the journey and
keeping spirits high. The group collectively knew that nothing can get in the
way of reaching their goals, proving themselves right when they reached Phuket successfully.
Challenge complete - CyclePower Fiji 2013
17 participants of all ages, abilities and
strengths completed CyclePower, a 550km ride around the circumference of Vitu Levu, Fiji. There were seven handcyclists, the events largest contingency since it began in 2011.
The aim of the ride was to raise much
needed funds for people with disability in Victoria, and support those in Fiji
living with disability, who are often stigmatised and socially outcast.
CyclePower gave participants the ability to
meet locals with disability, and show them that anything is possible, no matter
what your ability. They were able to talk about the issue with local chiefs and
do their part to begin altering the cultural stigmatisation of disability in
The participants met with members of the Fijian
Paralympic Committee and donated wheelchairs for locals.
Challenge complete - Cambodia 2012
CyclePower is an intrepid fundraising initiative, combining the challenge of long-distance cycling with a chance to make a tangible contribution to projects which give people with disability a fair go.
In 2012 the CyclePower Team tackled the Cambodian countryside, raising funds to help empower women with disability, is an intrepid fundraising initiative, combining the challenge of long-distance cycling with a chance to make a tangible contribution to projects which give people with disability a fair go.
This unique cycling adventure, took participants 370km from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to build a pilot Women's Wheelchair Basketball program.
Challenge complete - CyclePower Vietnam 2011
The inagural CylePower cycling challenge from from
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam took place on 16th
Our cyclists covered a staggering 540kms in eight
days, raising $80,000 for the initiative.- 30th July 2011.
CyclePower particpants donated 20 sports
wheelchairs to charity partner East Meets West Foundation to
facilitate a sport and recreation program f
Five Vietnamese athletes with disability from Quang
Tri participated in the event, cycling and travelling with the Australian
contingent for two days. Both the CyclePower team and the Vietnamese athletes
visited the Village of Hope Orphange (home to 40 children with disability) to
host a Wheel Talk session with the children.or athletes with disability in the
province of Quang Tri called INSPIRE SPORTS.
The ride was a perfect showcase of how involvement
in sports can be a powerful tool for connectedness and empowerment. John Anner, President East Meets West Foundation