How fit do I need to be, to be involved in this event?
This challenge requires a HIGH level of fitness to complete. While it is not a race, riders must be able to maintain an average speed of between 25kmph and 28kmph and have sufficient strength and cardio fitness to ride over undulating roads.
It is one thing to be able to ride 100km in a day, but the ability to back that up over five consecutive days is a very different level of fitness both physically and mentally. The fitter you are, the more you can enjoy the team aspects and social aspects of the ride.
Each rider’s fitness will be assessed on an ongoing basis by the Ride Committee with Team Captains providing feedback. Each rider must demonstrate their fitness by taking part and achieving set goals in set Qualifiers. These Qualifiers are designed to test fitness levels, speed and the skills required to ride as a group over a long period of time. Failure to demonstrate the required level of fitness and speed may compromise the safety of other riders in the group and impact the running of the event. If you fail to meet the requirements you will not be permitted to participate.
To find out more about rider safety requirements and qualifying please contact us.
What are the bike requirements?
- To complete the event, you must have a good quality Road Bicycle and use cleats
- All bikes MUST be serviced within 2 weeks of the ride
- All bikes must have one of the following designated tyres fitted just prior to the start of the ride or you will not be permitted to ride.
- Bontrager Hardcase
- Continental Gatorskin
- Continental GP 4000/5000
- Maxxis Re-fuse
What are the costs involved and what is included?
There is a small non-refundable registration fee of $375 per rider and $200 per support crew which will cover the following expenses in the lead up to the event:
- All travel costs including shared accommodation and catering at breakfast and lunch.
- 2 x Event Sponsor Shirts (additional can be purchased)
- 1 x branded cap (additional can be purchased)
- Medical and logistical supplies for the event e.g. sunscreen, Panadol, bike tubes and other mechanical supplies
- Event Knicks/Bibs
- Bus to the starting destination
- Any beverages of an evening
- Bike repairs
- Ambulance and Medical Insurance
- Any other incidental costs incurred during the event
Event inclusions (pending minimum fundraising requirement being met)
- Fruit and snacks for breaks
- 1000ks 4 Kids branded rain jacket
- 2 x drink bottles (riders)
- 1 x 1000ks 4 Kids branded draw string day bag
Do I need to book my own accommodation?
Camp Quality will book all accommodation for the event, so we can all stay together where possible. Each evening riders and support crew stay in budget accommodation which is typically shared accommodation. The cost of accommodation on the event is covered by your registration fee.
What about my luggage?
Our wonderful support crew will be driving a car and towing a van, where all luggage will be stored and transported to our accommodation each day. Please note, there is minimal space, so each person is permitted to bring one bag with only the necessities.
How much do I need to fundraise?
Each rider needs to fundraise a minimum of $2,500 and each support crew member needs to raise a minimum of $750. The Camp Quality fundraising team are there to offer guidance and assistance with all your fundraising activities. Any shortfall from this amount will need to be paid personally prior to the commencement of the ride.
How do I fundraise?
The Camp Quality Newcastle fundraising team is here to support you through all your fundraising efforts. We also have a heap of hints, tips and ideas within our fundraising tool kit. Here are two great ways to start your fundraising:
- Sponsorship – The event has jerseys and polo shirts which are always worn on the event and provides a great sponsorship opportunity for you to sell to businesses. Please refer to Sponsorship Packages for full details.
- Fundraising Page Donations - Once registered, a personal fundraising page will be created for you to share with your friends and family via social media and email. This is an effective way to spread the word about the challenge you are taking on and ask your networks to support your fundraising goals.
If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I partner up with other riders to fundraise?
Yes, you can. You can partner up with others doing the ride and fundraise together to be part of a wider team. Please note though there is still a minimum to fundraise of $2,500 per rider and $750 for support crew.
What are the safety requirements?
Our number one priority is safety. The ride is conducted on busy roads to which the course has been designed in close consultation with NSW Police and RMS. Concentration and vigilance on the road is paramount, for individual and group safety. Riders that fail to follow safety guidelines will be removed from the road.
What occurs if something happens to my bike mechanically on the ride?
We are very lucky to travel with bike mechanics. They are there to assist with changing tubes and fixing bike problems in general and will have you back on the road and racing to join the pack again in no time. If a problem occurs were new parts are required, we will try to source these on the route, but the cost will be at the rider’s own expense.
What if I'm injured or become ill during the event?
We have a medical team on the ride. They make the final decision as to a person’s state of health and their ability to ride in the group.
Due to limited space in support vehicles, riders/support crew who are unable to continue in their capacity as a participant may be required to return to Newcastle. The event managers reserve the right to make the final decision on this if required.
Do I need to provide my own insurance and ambulance cover?
Yes. Please be aware that Camp Quality holds NO ambulance coverage for you in relation to the ride. However, our procedure (should you be injured, other than basic scratches and bruises) will be to call an ambulance. A trip in an ambulance can be very costly. Please note it is the individual’s responsibility to have their own insurance and ambulance cover.
Are there any other activities during 1,000Ks 4 Kids?
As part of the ride we visit schools along the way to watch firsthand the Camp Quality Primary School Education Program puppet show that dispels myths about cancer and creates an inclusive community for children who are impacted by cancer, be that their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. We also include a variety of Fun Therapy activities that we run at night and sometimes during the day. We believe laughter is the best medicine and we like to make sure everyone has a good laugh each day.
What is the role of support crew on the ride?
We will have approx 10-15 wonderful support crew members on the ride who are there to ensure everyone has a safe, organised and fun ride. Support crew roles can include:
- Massage therapists
- Medical crew (doctor/nurse/paramedic)
- Bike mechanics
- On road support vehicle drivers
- Logistics crew
- Fun therapy organisation
- PR and media crew
- Other duties as required
The support crew support the riders on route, assist event managers as required, drive the culture of the event and uphold and enforce the safety and values of Camp Quality. They are the backbone of the ride!
Why is it called “1000Ks 4 Kids” when the event only adds up to around 500km?
This year’s event is a spin-off to our classic 10-day event and while during the event itself we aren’t riding 1,000km’s participants will ride in excess of 1,000km’s in the lead up through training and qualifiers. This year riders will ride a minimum of 2,000km’s.