Well Tom and I are really training hard now for the Cycle4Hope.  I am really proud of the way Tom is embracing the upcoming ride to Melbourne – as I have explained to him that it is not just the physical challenge but the mental challenge is paramount for such a long distance endurance ride.  I know that after a couple of days on the road, when we get some “miles in our legs” that the real ride will begin.  Also the fact that we are raising funds and awareness of a little known disease – Huntington’s – is adding to the enormity of our adventure – please read Tom’s message which illustrates his commitment to our challenge.

Message from Tom: 

“On the 23rd of September, I will be hopping on my bike with my Grandpa and riding the 1000km from Sydney to Melbourne for Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s disease is a hereditary brain disease that damages our neuron’s ability to function. This disease is currently INCURABLE. According to Huntington’s Disease NSW, Having HD is like having Alzheimer’s, Motor Neuron Disease and Parkinson’s all at once. To me, this seems like one of the worst diseases known to man but surprisingly it is relatively unknown! When I tell my friends I’m riding for Huntington’s, their first question is almost always; what’s that. That’s why this ride isn’t just about raising funds it’s also about raising awareness. This is my motivation. I hope that it can be yours too. Please Donate and share this page to help people struggling with this devasting disease. Your support can help so many people” – Tom Malcolm

Bob and Tom Training

Bob & Tom in Training for Sydney to Melbourne Bike Ride


On my last four rides raising funds for two great charities MND & Huntington’s I have ridden solo however this year I am both pleased and very proud to have my 11 year old grandson Tom Malcolm riding with me.


Over the past 5 ½ years I have raised funds and awareness for two charities – Huntington’s Disease NSW & ACT and MND – I have done this with the help of very generous sponsors and donors by riding my bike around Australia.  First ride:  Katoomba to Port Douglas – Second ride:  Perth to Leura – Third ride:  Darwin to Perth and Fourth Ride:  Darwin to Port Douglas.

This year I am riding from Sydney to Melbourne to raise funds and awareness for Huntington’s only as we want to really help Huntington’s families to get the vital help and support they need.

A really good friend of ours has Huntington’s in his family and he has been part of my support crew over the last three rides I have undertaken.


I have kept up my training of 400kms riding per week and also doing weights daily.  Tom is a very sports minded young man who and well as cycling plays Rugby and Cricket, does cross country running and loves hiking.  He has been following a very strict training programme overseen by his parents and myself and has undertaken quite a few rides around Centennial Park and in the Blue Mountains learning about road riding and safety precautions that have to be followed at all times.

Support Team

Once again my wife Jenny will accompany us as well as Bill Pixton and possibly our daughter Allison Malcolm.


As previously I have been generously supported by a loyal band of sponsors who have included B&E Foods, Salsa Bar and Grill and a few new ones who I hope to get on board this year.


As a proud member of the Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise and a Paul Harris Fellow I am pleased to say that once again I have the Club’s full support.  Along the way I will be speaking at various Rotary Clubs spreading the word about Huntington’s.

Welcome Home Bob


Bob relating some of the stories from the ride


We finally caught up with friends, family and neighbours at the Blackheath Golf Club on 14th July. About 50 people got together to welcome Bob, Bill, Michael and Sallee back home, all safe and well.

For Bob and Bill it was seven weeks away, long enough.


Pauline Keyvar from Huntingtons NSW, presenting Bob and Jenny with their award.

We put on a presentation of the ride, depicted in photos and story, reflected on the achievement, and shared the little incidents that happened on the way. We also talked about the fundraising and we were joined by Graham Opie from Motor Neurone NSW and Robyn Kapp and Pauline Keyvar from Huntingtons NSW. They presented Bob and the team with a treasured momento, which we were all chuffed to receive. We might add also that Bob was appointed a Paul Harris Fellow by his Rotary Club the previous weekend. So it is good to see Bob get the recognition that he deserves.





The presentation is shown on the images below.  Photos courtesy Bill Pixton

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Whilst the night was not about fundraising per se, special thanks to Rozi Starkey who kindly donated the proceeds of the Bonville Golf package to the Darwin2Perth cause, raising some $520.

Overall fundraising currently stands at about $52,500, which is a great effort.