Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days.
Simon Gerrans is one of the classiest riders in the professional peloton and is the only Australian to have won stages in all three Grand Tours (France, Italy and Spain).
Simon’s illustrious career catapulted to a new high in 2013 as he clinched two successive stage wins at the Tour De France and securing the coveted yellow jersey in the event’s first week.
This was on top of an excellent 2012 season also where Simon secured the national jersey for the debut season of Australias first ever WorldTour team GreenEDGE. He also took out the first WorldTour race of the season, the Tour Down Under, and won one of the five monuments of international cycling, the Milan-San Remo.
Originally from Jamieson, Victoria, the 36-year-old now bases himself in Andorra and travels around the world for training and road racing competitions.
Simon has enjoyed success from a young age by winning events in junior competitions and racing as a member of the AIS and the National Under 23 team. It was in 2001 that he made it to the podium, finishing 3rd in the Tour Down Under under 23 General Classification. Simon succeeded in 2006, when he claimed victory in the General Classification in the Tour Down Under as a member of the French professional cycling team Ag2r Prevoyance. He also represented Australia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
More recently, Simon has posted impressive podium finishes in stages of the biggest international cycling events around the world. Some of his best results include:
Tour de France stage wins 2013 & 2008
Tour de France yellow jersey wearer
Giro d’Italia stage win 2009
Vuelta a Espagna stage win 2009
1st Liege-Bastonge-Liege 2014
1st Milan-San Remo 2012
1st GP de Québec 2012 & 2014
1st GP de Montréal 2014
1st Tour Down Under general classification 2012, 2014 & 2016
1st Australian National Road Race Championship 2012 & 2014
For more information about Simon and keep up with him as he travels the world, visit Simon’s official website
Patron of the NSW Chain Reaction Challenge.
Phil Liggett is simply the best-known figure in world cycling. His skill as a commentator, his tireless promotion of the sport for more than 40 years and his expert knowledge has earned him the respect of generations of professional riders and cycling fans around the world.
His unique commentary style mixes years of hard-won experience and knowledge with colourful phrases and anecdotes that border on the literary. It is this trait that has won Phil numerous awards and won for him an audience and recognition that extends well beyond the cycling community.
Phil is a former amateur cyclist and received a professional contract in 1967; instead of turning professional, he saw a future in sports journalism after he wrote a few articles in cycling magazines about races in which he participated.
He has been a constant feature of most major international cycling events over the years and is a generous supporter of many charitable and community events. In 2005 Phil was awarded an MBE for his voluntary and professional service to cycling.
With 26 years experience in triathlons, Troy was one of the true pioneers of the sport. Entering his first triathlon as a 16 year old in 1984, Troy went on to compete in over 300 events both in Australia and overseas.
As an athlete, Troy has reached the pinnacle of the sport with many outstanding achievements. These include three open Australian Triathlon titles (Long Course in 1990, Sprint and Olympic in 1995) and was named as the “Australian Triathlete of the Year” in 1995. He has represented Australia at three World Championships with his best performance being 8th in Wellington, New Zealand in 1994.
Troy was officially appointed as a Chain Reaction Ambassador in 2014 to reflect his dedication and commitment to the Queensland event since it started in 2011.