The Pie Ride - Winter Edition - In Aid of MIFSA

Event Details

The Pie Ride - Winter Edition - In Aid of MIFSA

Time: July 20, 2014 from 8:15am to 11:30am
Location: Home Grain Bakery Aldinga to Home Grain Bakery McLaren Flat and return.
Street: Start in the car park opposite the Aldinga Hotel, Aldinga.
City/Suburb: Aldinga
Website or Map:…
Phone: To be announced
Event Type: a, fun, fundraiser, for, charity, (to, be, announced)
Organised By: Andrew Watts
Latest Activity: Sep 15, 2014

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Event Description

Who Ate all the Pies? 

A bike ride for fun and fundraising with food at the beginning, middle and end. One bakery product at every checkpoint. The first and third checkpoint is the Home Grain Bakery at Aldinga Township. The second checkpoint is the Homegrain Bakery at McLaren Flat.

Each participant is responsible for their own expenditure! There will be an entry fee of $5 which will be donated to The Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia (MIFSA), so you can expect at least a $20 spend BEFORE A DROP OF COFFEE IS CONSUMED. If you don't want to eat three lots of food, then a 'fine' can be paid, which will be added to the fundraising total for the day.

This is an approximately 35km ride. The terrain is not pancake flat and does have some sections of small hills through the beautiful McLaren Vale region. It is suitable for those who are just starting out on group rides. The ride will suit those who ride road, mountain or hybrid bikes. You will be in the company of experienced group riders who will assist you and there will be a limited amount of on-road support available for those who can't make the distance. No one will be left behind.

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All riders participate at their own risk. The organisers accept no responsibility for damages or costs to riders, their property or third parties or their property. Any children participating ( those aged under 18 years) must be in the company of an adult who takes responsibility for them at all times during the ride and ride related events.

This ride will be held on open roads and shared paths. It is strongly advised that all participants are covered by health and ambulance insurance cover.

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Comment by Andrew Watts on July 25, 2014 at 20:27

The buckets are in and the money has been counted. The Winter Pie Ride has raised $1015.45! Congratulations to all who took part as well as those who didn't do the ride but donated too!

Comment by MARK FERGUSON (SPARTACUS) on July 20, 2014 at 23:36

What a great day, thanks to the Watts' and crew!

Comment by Andrew Watts on July 20, 2014 at 16:33

Sometimes you can be so utterly surprised by the generosity of people.

51 people braved the mid-winter chill to ride on a gloriously sunny day and rode themselves through the Southern Vales. There were riders of all types of bike, of all standards and ages.

I am immensely proud of what our little support team did today and thanks do need to be reiterated for Brett, QuentinChrisMarkKeith and Emmawith assistance from Lorraine, Jeanette and Michael at the registration desk. Additional acknowledgement to Port Adelaide Cycling Club for the use of their event signage thanks to Michelle, for making the suggestion and sourcing the signs. I will thank Phil Crick in advance for the Youtube footage which will be released when he gets a chance to put it together! Thanks must also go to Bert at Oxygen Cycles for the donation of product (and the impromptu fixing of bikes!) and Fairmont Homes for providing some fantastic give-away goodies (no they were not houses, Mark)!

All up we raised $427 from registration fees and 'fines'. However, this will be further supplemented by an amazing fundraising effort from Nathan Crick who, although he is only 7 years old, not only completed the full 36km ride, but also raised around $250 through sponsorship. This effort deservedly earned him "The Chewie" trophy for the Winter Pie Ride, 2014.
We will still have our collection buckets at Home Grain Bakeries until the end of the month and it was great to see the staff actively promote giving to MIFSA today. I do rate their community spirit highly and the management and staff are consistently friendly. Then there is their amazing food!

Final points on an amazing day.

If you do have photos or video that you are happy to share, please post it on the event or the community Facebook pages.If anyone sees a picture of themselves that they are not happy to see published, please let me know and we will remove or adjust it.

Also, we accept all feedback. Anything that springs to your mind that we could do better for next time,please let us know. One of the great suggestions that came through today was printed copies of the ride route! That will be done!

We are aiming to hold the next ride in March 2015. We hope to see you there.

You are all awesome!


Comment by Andrew Watts on July 20, 2014 at 16:33

Ta Mick. It wouldn't be the same without you. It's a big commitment to come so far.

Comment by Mick Adams on July 20, 2014 at 15:31

Had a few Pies, had a donut or two and spend a few $ all for a good cause. Good numbers today and well organised  Andrew. 

Roll on the summer version of the ride.

Comment by Andrew Watts on July 19, 2014 at 11:11

For participant's information, the registration sheet will also contain a liability waiver. You are under no compulsion to sign, but in case of refusal we may ask that you do not take part in the event. Thanks, Andrew.

Comment by Gus on July 19, 2014 at 1:41
Great. Everything is looking good for a nice day out.
Comment by Andrew Watts on July 19, 2014 at 0:52

There could be as many as 90 riders coming!

Comment by Andrew Watts on July 18, 2014 at 16:49

Two sleeps to go. Are you ready for the most delicious charity ride of the winter?

Comment by Andrew Watts on July 13, 2014 at 18:26
With a week to go, its time for some detail around what happens when and where.

Registration will be open from 8am in the car park opposite the Aldinga Hotel as shown in the below picture. As stated in the details of the event, registration cost is $5 per rider and will include the signing of a registration form. Those riders under the age of 18 years old will need an adult who is responsible for them and riding with them, to sign in for them.

Some parking will be available in this area, however, if full, the overflow car park will be along the side of Port Road outside the gates of the Aldinga Sharks Football Club (West of the Aldinga township round-about).

At 8.15am a rider briefing will be held. It is important that all riders are available to hear this briefing.

Around 8.20am all riders will be released to either purchase their first bakery item or pay their first 'fine'. Once consumption or payment is made each individual rider can commence their ride! It is anticipated that most riders will be away by 8.30am but it is envisaged some will head out after this time.

Note: Home Grain Bakeries have an eftpos minimum of $10, so if you want to purchase less than that you are best advised to bring cash.

It will take approximately three hours to complete the round trip for all riders. Some limited assistance will be available on the road and transport back to the start can be arranged via the appointed helpers, who will be made available during the ride.

At 11.30am there will be a gathering of riders at Home Grain Bakery Aldinga for the presentation of 'The Chewie' for the ride of the day, together with plenty of giveaways.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Andrew, Brett and Quentin.

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