Stephen Hodge

Pollie Pedal 2022

Support me as I ride to raise funds for Soldier On!

I am taking part in the 2022 Pollie Pedal bike ride, in support of Soldier On.

Support me by donating to my page today, as I ride through regional New South Wales, to support our current and ex-serving personnel and their families.

Using such a convenient and healthy activity like riding a bike provides so much to so many struggling with the impact of their service to our country. It is also a part of my family, with quite a few currently serving or recently and less recently retired. 

It's a wonderful connection to the work of Soldier On and furthers the arguments I deliver every day to decision makers in Parliament about the value of investment to make the choice to ride a bike in Australia easier and more convenient for all. 

My Updates

Day 8 Pollie Pedal - Binalong to Canberra

Sunday 9th Oct

An early start for our last day on the road meant getting up in the dark to meet for breakfast before leaving Binalong at 7am. Some spectacular thunderstorm action in the middle of the night meant we were all a little nervous getting out of bed - another day of rain would have tested all participants in Pollie Pedal 2022 after some truly difficult days on the road with flooding, massive potholes and torrential rain!!


For Day 8, organiser Graeme Northey had to find a way through for the entire riding group into Canberra from Yass due to storm rains putting Uriarra Crossing under water. Working to help Graeme with fellow Canberran David Welch, who leads the Defence forces contingent, I contacted good friend Andrew Taylor who lives at Murrumbateman. Late on a Saturday he drove out to see if the low level crossings were open on the road to Nanima and Sutton, giving us a safe option to avoid the very busy and narrow Barton Highway. He reported back that he thought it would be safe for us to ride into Canberra that way. And so it proved! Thanks Andy. We had a dry and at times sunny ride into Canberra for a big welcome from Soldier On at their HQ near the airport. 


New riders for Soldier On Chris, Adam, Liam and Freddie made the distance as novice cyclists - an enormous achievement. Their words also contributed enormously to our understanding of their experiences and challenges as a result of their service to our country and the value of services provided to support them. Lots of money was raised for the great work Soldier On does providing these services and credit again goes to Angus Taylor for leading the ride and Tony Abbott to kicking it off all those years ago - both participated for the entire 8 days. 



I’d like to thank the wonderful people who contributed by sponsoring me for the nearly 1,000km riding for Soldier On: Helen and Phil, David, Mark, Lisa, Tanya, Franky, Paris, Margaret, Peter and Adrienne. We got to $1,000 and beyond. I certainly felt all those 950-odd kilometres and thank you all for supporting me. 

Day 6 to Junee

Friday 7th Oct

It’s been dry before lunch from Temora but the next rain front hit during our lunch stop at Coolamon! Let’s see how long this coffee can last at Steve’s Bakery & Cafe.

Day 5: Grenfell to Temora

Thursday 6th Oct

Closed roads, water crossings and flood destroyed roads, today’s Pollie Pedal had it all! Although no rain fell, we got wet enough just from the water across the road and several low level crossings we forded on our bikes. Check out some of the pics in the photo library below.

Day 4 - wet start in Cowra

Wednesday 5th Oct
Today’s ride was just under 90km but we weren’t going to avoid the massive train event washing through NSW ! This is view of the work done after the day’s ride to get everything clean and dry again for the next day’s ride to Temora.

Day 3 to Cowra

Tuesday 4th Oct
Today’s ride took us from Blayney to Cowra via Mandurama. Rolling country was a pleasure to move through w fields of canola just coming into flower. The wet winter has resulted in some big potholes however and a lot of avoidance manoeuvring out on the road was required. The ride is going well with F18 pilot Tony giving us some graphic accounts of his service last night. Hearing from current and ex-serving members is a privilege for us as we raise money to support people like them and their families across Australia. Now we wait to see how significant the east coast deluge will be in coming days as we head around the stunning countryside of regional NSW.

Day 3 start

Tuesday 4th Oct
Still dry!

Day 3

Tuesday 4th Oct
Day 3 of Pollie Pedal raising money for Soldier On about to get under way, great cause and good group of fundraising cyclists incl. members of the ADF w us for the ride! You can help me w a donation that goes straight to assist Soldier In’s work: fundraise.soldieron.org.au/fundraisers/st…

Thank you to my Sponsors

$105.50

Marty Robinson

Great work in the conditions and for a great cause!

$105.50

Adrienne Day

$105.50

Margaret Zoe Day

$160

Lisa Ostly

Good on ya, Stevie!! Bisous to you and AD xxoo

$79.13

Anonymous

Courage mon gars. C’est pour une bonne cause.

$200

David

Great work sir

$75

Tanya Saad

Awesome work Coach!

$39.04

Peter Mccue

Well done. Hope you manage to dodge the rain

$105.50

Phil And Helen Butler

Pedal well Stephen!

$105.50

Ken Kroeger

Thanks for taking up such a great cause.

$168.80

Mark Textor

Go well. Great cause. Allez!

$25

Canberra By Bike Design Company

Go you good things, Stephen and friends! Best wishes, Paris