Bridge to Brooklyn | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Be part of the
Bridge to Brooklyn

with special guest Robbie McEwen!


We are so excited to have joined forces with The Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation to bring you this once in a lifetime opportunity to join Robbie McEwen on this unique 133km cycle challenge.

The Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation has been formed by 18 year old Lifehouse sarcoma patient, Cooper Rice Brading – Cooper wants to give back and support sarcoma research to help other young people affected by this awful disease.

Join Robbie and Cooper in the Bridge to Brooklyn Cycle Challenge and together we can increase survival prospects and quality of life for young sarcoma patients.


Robbie is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour in 2012. As a triple winner of the Tour de France’s green jersey sprinters’ classification, at his peak he was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world.

Throughout the day Robbie will take the opportunity to ride with each peloton and at lunch he will entertain you with stories about his racing career. Robbie will no doubt inspire you and you may pick up some tips you can use to improve your cycling!

The Route

133km from Sydney Harbour Bridge through the picturesque Berowra Valley National Park to the gateway of the Hawkesbury River – Brooklyn. Returning to Milsons Point for your well deserved lunch at The Deck.

The course is challenging but we can guarantee you some amazing surprises along the way.

Your ride leaders are Pro-Continental St George Continental Cycling Team, Dan Bonello, Editor of Cyclist Magazine, Alex Malone and Team Novo Nordisk rider, Justin Morris. With special guest photographer and rider Marcus Enno aka Beardy McBeard to capture all the action.

To ride with Robbie, we ask you to pledge to raise $2,000 by the end of June and we’ll waive your $500 registration fee.

Friday 28 April 2017
Limited places. Secure your spot now!

2017 Bridge to Brooklyn includes:

  • Customised Attaquer jersey.
  • Pre-event bike service at one of the supporting bike stores located in and around Sydney.
  • Breakfast and ride specific nutrition and hydration provided throughout the day.
  • Fine dining lunch at The Deck, Milsons Point.
  • Fully escorted bunch ride (mechanics, medical, support vehicle).
  • Professional event crew, courtesy of twowheeltours.


Time Activity Location
0615 Meet at Harbour Bridge Stairs Milsons Point
0620 Rider Briefing Milsons Point
0625 133km Ride Start Milsons Point
1300 133km Ride Finish North Sydney
1330 Lunch at The Deck Milsons Point

Preliminary schedule. Subject to change.

Pledge to fundraise $2,000 and we’ll waive your $500 registration fee.

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Dan Bonello grew up on a farm in the Southern Highlands and was introduced to two wheels at a very young age. Whether it was riding mountain bikes with his brothers or dirt bikes with his neighbours, he always wanted to be out riding. As a teenager that progressed to road racing, which at first he was not particularly good at. Things always evolve and Dan now rides for a Continental road team; St George Wilier. This team races extensively throughout Japan, China and South East Asia as well as Australia. Dan loves the fact that riding bikes can take him to some incredible destinations and allows him to meet some amazing people. He does not expect that to change anytime soon.

Alex Malone is the Commercial Manager at Cyclist Australia/NZ Magazine. He is always on the hunt for somewhere new to ride. He is a huge fan of getting away for the weekend to ride and shoot Big Ride features for his magazine. He has been lucky enough to race all around the world including Iran. While there he found the people to be some of the warmest and friendliest he ever meet, not to mention the food and terrain, absolutely stunning. He loves to ride because of the social aspect and being able to do it all before checking into work.

Justin Morris had a childhood dream to be a pilot. At the age of 10 he became very ill, and was rushed to hospital. Justin was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes. One of the first things Justin learnt about Type1 diabetes was that it would never allow him to pilot a plane. As he grew older, he found passion, drive and inspiration in other aspects of life, cycling became central to his life. The sport has taken him to a professional cycling career spanning 5 years and 5 continents. He has raced at an elite/professional level for over 17 years on both road and mountain bikes.

Marcus Enno – there is no-one in cycling photography quite like Beardy McBeard. Part professional photographer, part yarn-spinner, part cult icon, part mountain goat. Recognisable to thousands of cycling fans – he’s famous for not only his beard, but for his shots that tell the story of the race, and the people behind it. In his own laconic style he brings you on the journey with him, telling the story behind the photos and bringing forward the personalities and colour that make the sport the spectacle that it is. From Australia to Belgium to France, Beardy has a very simple goal; he wants you to love this sport as much as he does.


Cooper Rice-Brading 
18 year old sarcoma patient
receiving treatment at Lifehouse.


Sarcoma affects about 700 people in NSW each year – predominantly young people.

Sarcoma claims the lives of two in five patients.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is NSW’s only dedicated cancer hospital and a leader in Sarcoma treatment in Australia. Yet, despite our current efforts, there’s still so much more we can do to offer those suffering from this awful disease a better chance of survival.

Our fundraising target for this event is $100,000 which will fund the vision of an age-appropriate space that facilitates peer support for young people with sarcoma. Lifehouse places high priority on providing comprehensive care, where all aspects of treatment are delivered under one roof by a cohesive, collaborative team. Our imperative is to make this model of care available to our sarcoma patients, who are a particularly vulnerable young group.

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