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Cape to Cape Bike Ride with Rotary Club Brighton

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

BIKE RIDE FUINDRAISER UPDATE 29/7/21: On behalf of the Rotary Club Of Brighton, Bayside Community Emergency Relief and Matt Nichols we are advising changes outside of our control. Matt Nichols was riding Cape Tribulation to Cape York. However due to Victorian lockdown and Queensland lockout, Matt is unable to attend and the support crew have no other options available in the near future in 2021.

Notwithstanding Matt has created a “Plan B” and now is riding 1,000km on gravel roads and mountain bike tracks around Beechworth on predetermined rides such as: - The Soup Boys Gravel Track - Myrtleford Monster - Woolshed Falls to name a few

This ride just got a lot tougher, as Matt will be riding solo (no mates) and without a support crew, so some days will be 10 hours in the saddle unsupported… the middle of winter. What could go wrong...

Matt will commence this gruelling task this week on Saturday July 31st - one day ahead of his original scheduled trip

We wish Matt a safe trip. Donations can be made through:

We also advise that YOUR DONATION WILL BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE - we could not arrange this in the initial time frame . Post the ride you will be provided a Bayside Community Emergency Relief TAX DEDUCTIBLE receipt


We are honoured to announce that Rotary Club of Brighton has chosen Bayside Community Emergency Relief as their charity to support during Matt's epic bike ride.

Money raise goes toward our comfort packs for children fleeing domestic violence. Go to and provide your support for this amazing cause!

The following blog was provided by Rotary Club of Brighton:

CAPE TO CAPE BIKE RIDE 2021 - 1000k’s over 10 days

On the 1st August 2021, Matt Nichols an intrepid member of the Rotary Club of Member is looking to ride from Cape Tribulation to Cape York (the Northernmost Point of Australia). This supported ride is over 1,000 km and will take 10 days riding on a mountain bike, because the roads are dirt and predominantly sand with numerous river crossings. Rides will average 75k, along with >650m vertical, per day, over gravel, sand, 4WD tracks and bitumen roads. The tracks include the Bloomfield Track, Battle Camp Road (also known as the Dirt Highway), and the famous Telegraph Track where it is so rough the bikes will travel faster than the cars. Matt will be also meeting Aboriginal Elders, visiting the classic hotels and road houses, and understanding the extraordinary history of the area.

About Matt

Matt has been a member of Rotary Club of Brighton (RCB) for many years. He is Managing Director of Nichols Crowder and Nixon Industrial, two prominent commercial and industrial firms that are considered leaders of the south east. Apart from cycling Matt, is a regular “down winder” on a surf ski, and is an active member at Royal Melbourne Golf Club with his name on three honour boards, plus he’s learning the piano. Matt says his drive comes from his father many year ago, suggesting he needed to “participate” and make sure you do it with “passion and enthusiasm”

Matt’s an experienced and fit adventurer – with many other experiences under his belt. whether it was on a road or mountain bike, surf ski or fishing kayak. The toughest was crossing the Simpson Desert by bike in 50 degree temperatures. He has done the Murray Marathon kayaking event 3 times, coming 2nd in the most recent event. He has cycled most of the Italian Alps, climbing 22 kilometres vertically in 10 days. He also cycled around Tasmania in 6 days unsupported, and paddled on the Penrith River non stop for 100 Kilometres that took 18 hours.

Rotary Club of Brighton

Since its formation on 24th September, 1973, the Rotary Club of Brighton (RCB) has lived up to the ideals of Rotary in its community service, fund raising and social programs. RCB is part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. For more information visit the Rotary Club of Brighton website Rotary International celebrates 100 years of making a difference in Australia this year. So to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia, Matt’s saddling up to do 1000ks over 10 days – we hope can count on your support for a great cause!

What are we fundraising for?

A dedicated Rotarian, Matt was concerned that the fundraising opportunities for the Rotary Club of Brighton had been greatly limited with the pandemic, so as he was doing this extreme ride so there was an opportunity to assist RCB support Bayside Community Emergency Relief (BCER) to support children fleeing domestic violence with provision of Comfort Packs. Designed to provide mental health as well as practical support to the children, these packs include many essential items like toiletries, activities and items of comfort.

The 2021 Cape to Cape Bike Ride

Cape Tribulation to Cape York Bike Ride - 1000k’s over 10 days. Commencing on the 1st August 2021, the RCB’s intrepid and unstoppable Matt Nichols will be raising money to support children affected by domestic violence…. Go to and provide your support for this amazing cause.

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