Coast 2 Coast III 2015 Charity Challenge by Keller Australia

Publish date: 
1 July 2015 - 9:00am

It’s hat trick year for the KA Charity challenge and while previous years have travelled near 600km a day, this year the whole event is targeting 600km, the big differentiator however is the change from Motorcycle to Bicycle!

Also this year the duration is reduced and the new team is planning the challenge in 6 days, not 10, that’s 100km a day average. Here are just a few more facts and some information surrounding this year’s cycling challenge Coast 2 Coast III.

11 cyclists and 1 support member will be battling a challenging route from Canberra to Sydney to raise this years’ $250,000 target. The total for the years 2013 and 2014 raised was over $400,000 for much needed funds for the chosen 6 charities.

Piling Contractors as a Gold sponsor have 2 riders; Marcel Hofmann and Nigel Brockman. The other team riders representing Keller Australia, KGE, Frankipile and Vibropile are; Mark Kliner, Tony Cummings, Peter Kingston, Iain Robertson, Danny Treen, Richard Smith, Hayley Pottenger, Adrian Kendell, Tina Santomingo (support) and UK rider Michael Sinclair-Williams representing Keller PLC.


We sat down with Piling Contractors’ QLD State Manager Marcel Hofmann to give us an insight of his preparations for this challenge.

Q: Marcel, this ride will be quite of a challenge for all riders. How are you preparing for it?

Marcel: Yes, it’s going to be a very big challenge as we will try to ride the target of 100km a day – with a targeted 25 to 30km/h. I have had to join an indoor cycling studio where I try a minimum 1hr a session, but the sessions are increasing in duration and difficulty. I also spend as much time in the saddle as possible as it takes quite some time for your body to get used to the change in seats (motorcycle to cycle). Finding time is sometimes hard as you have to balance your work, family and training. At home I try and watch video’s on different cycling techniques and tips that Nigel has kindly been distributing to the team. Then there’s the change of preferred transport as I’ll soon be swapping my car for the bicycle, to ride from home to work and back, which is about 40km each way.

Q: What about mental preparation and did you make any adjustments to your diet?

Marcel: Mental preparation is very important as you have to be prepared to cycle for 6 days straight for about 4-5 hours a day. I think the more it goes towards the last days, the harder it will get to stay focused, forget about the pain and tiredness and keep on going. I know most of the team very well and I’m sure we will be supporting and encouraging each other throughout.

My wife is very health and fitness focussed, so she has taken charge of my “diet” with the result that I’m now constantly hungry, (laughs).

One of my concerns is that I’ve never been to Canberra, so am quite worried about riding in the wet and cold weather (it hasn’t snowed there for 15 years though?), but this is going to make a big difference in people’s lives and that’s all that matters.

Q: Marcel, good luck to you and your team mates.

Thank you, and another big thank you must go to Keller Australia for again setting up the opportunity to be part of a challenge like this.


Coast 2 Coast III will depart Canberra on 30.7.2015 and after 643km arrive in Sydney on 5.8.15

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