Veolia is a world leader in providing both large and small scale environmental solutions providing tailored and cost effectiveâ€š answers in the fields of water, waste management, energy and transportation.
Veolia creates, manages and operates assets of the water cycle, provides energy systems – including multi-technical servicesâ€š featuring cogeneration and biomass solutions. Veolia also coordinate transport operations that encompass buses, light rail and trains and provides as well as specialising in integrated waste and resource management services. Chances are if you live in Australia your life is somehow serviced by Veolia.
Veolia has over 8000 employees that serve industries around Australia, New Zealand and globally with a strong commitment to sustainable development. It was for these reasons Veolia was approached to help support the expedition.
Veolia will be providing the communications and bicycle equipment for the duration of the expedition.
Wilderness Wear is an 100% Australian owned company makingâ€š 100% Australian made qualityâ€š outdoor clothing since 1989. The thing about Wilderness Wear products Â is that they are unique. The company designs and manufactures premium level outdoor clothingâ€š at internationally recognised standards – for ecological, conscience, material content, functionality and style – supporting a worldwide community of people dedicated to outdoor pursuits. The uniqueness of Wilderness Wear doesn’t just extend to their standards but also their philosophy “think heavily, step lightly” approach and respect the very thing – our environment – that sustains the pleasure we seek outdoors.
I approached Wilderness Wear for these very reasons. Sustainability is not just a word but a philosophy that needs to be at the forefront of our mindset. Their gear is defined by quality (materials, performance and manufacture), traceability (worldwide ethics and knowing the materials and process required to bring a product to the end customer) and control (so nothing escapes their attention!).
Wilderness Wear supplies military, corporate, public service and institutional customers including Australian Defence, Australian Antarctic Division, Parks and Wildlife, fire departments, police departments and even Australia Post!
I am proud to be associated with Wilderness Wear and excited to be part of a continually evolving Australian company. I’m looking forward to using their products throughout the Cycle Strongman Expedition.
Village Green is a leadingâ€š Australian environmental consulting company focused on providing environmental advisory, reporting and education programs to support business, improve bottom line performance and reduce environmental impacts. Village Green provides sustainable business management solutions tailored to business communities throughout Australia and a holistic and innovative approach to resource management and behavioural change, leading to increased business profitability and a healthier environment.
The key to providing environmental performance assessments is through understanding. Village Green are working with the CSX to develop an understanding of potential environmental impacts caused by the expedition and helping to implement a model to assess the likely carbon emissions generated throughout the journey. Further information on carbon offsetting the expedition will be posted in the new ENVIRONMENT section of the website in the near future.
The CSX is excited about using Skins for the duration of the expedition. Skins are sportswear that can help in training, recovery and increaseÂ performance on the bike. Health and performanceÂ are everything on this expedition. Without being able to recover after a gruelling 3000 metre climb then back it up with a 100km ride the following day, the expedition would literally come to a standstill. The Skins gear is going to go a long, long, long way to ensuring that the expedition is a success!
Skins are a gradient compression sportswear, which basically means thatÂ they improve my performance, strength, endurance and recovery by triggering an acceleration of blood flow. This increases oxygen delivery to working muscles, enhancing their performance, and also aids the body to eliminate lactic acid and other metabolic wastes faster.
The unique concept of Skins lies in the anatomically positioned seams working as anchor points along muscle groups to focus power and dramatically reduce vibration – something that I personally have been amazed atÂ by the reduction in chaffing and soreness. These muscle wrapping seams combined with Skins BioAcceleration Technology are proven to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and accelerate recovery time. That and they seem to last forever. In some of the toughest environments of the harsh Australian outback, the volcanic peaks of Java and the low lying jungles of Sumatra and Malaysia, I’ve been able to cycle over 12,000km using the same pair of Skins day in day out.
Independent scientific and medical research has been the vehicle of credibility and acceptance for Skins into the elite sporting segment. A number of independent tests on the Skins compression garments prove these benefits. They’re even endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapist Association. Skins are the meeting of science and sport to maximise performance, which is why they are the compression garment of choice for the Cycle Strongman Expedition!
“We look forward to supporting Chris in his endeavour and helping him train harder, ride longer and recover faster.” Matilda Reynolds (Skins Manager – Strategic Relations).
For more information on the benefits of Skins check out skins.net
This involves partnering with landholders, carbon emitters and businesses under a form of carbon share farming to deliver benefits for each stakeholder. These benefits include an offset of carbon emissions for business and significant environmental benefits to farmers and landholders through the reduction of the effects of salinity on their land.
Carbon Conscious combines its extensive experience in the Mallee Eucalypt, agricultural and funds management industries to deliver these benefits. Where unavoidable carbon emissions are generated, Carbon Conscious will be supplying the carbon credits used to offset the emissions generated throughout the expedition.
The Cycle Strongman Expedition is a unique and important environmental project Carbon Conscious is pleased to be supporting.” Ryan Noble, Marketing Manager, Carbon Conscious.
Fiskar Brands Australia is the Australian distributor for Gerber, Silva and Brunton gear in Australia.
Brunton is a company designing equipment for outdoor professionals demanding lightweight gear with maximum durability. The brand is built on a tradition of innovation and passion for the outdoors. The unique line of Bruton products are at the forefront of outdoor equipment including the latest Solaris flexible and foldable solar panels.
Silva has origins dating back to 1933 in Stockholm Sweden and is a leading manufacturer of compasses worldwide as well as pedometers, headlamps, outdoor gear, binoculars, professional instrumentsâ€š and orienteering equipment. The expedition will be using a compass, headlight and specialist weatherproof lighter for the expedition.
Gerber Tools are professionally engineered to withstand a lifetime of usage and really are in a class of their own. Each tool has a host of features, built with the tough outdoors man in mind. Whether you’re a fisherman, hunter or other outdoor sportsman, Gerber has a multitool for any application. With components ranging from wire cutter and crimper to scissors and serrated knife blades, you’ll find hundreds of uses for each Gerber multi tool.
The Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 has been developed for both pros and performance oriented hobby cyclists who can appreciate it because of its reliability, perfect single gear ratios, wide range of gears, low maintenance and easy operation; its weight and efficiency are ideal even for pro racing. In essence a credit to German engineering!
The sealed gearbox ensures reliability and durability even under the toughest conditions. The even increments of 13.6% from gear to gear (replacing the redundancy in derailer systems) make it possible to always ride at the performance peak. The overall range makes sure that you have the right gear in every situation.
The SPEEDHUB 500/14 is operated by a twist shifter which shifts simply by pulling separate cables up or down in exactly the same way as a normal derailer setup. The indexing of the shifting lies not in the shifter as with common designs, but inside the hub. There is no wear on the indexing system nor need to adjust it.
Rohloff has some of the most professional service support I have ever encountered. WhenÂ I needed a new chain and replacement gears for the Expedition, the parts were despatched the same day, sent half way around the world and arrived within a week!
Combined with the in excess of 100,000 km reliability, maintainance-free sealed unit, it was the logical choice for the Cycle Strongman Expedition!
“Rohloff-Australia is wishing you all the best for your journey! As we have contact with a few bicycle world travellers, I know you are embarking on a big adventure. Each traveller seam to have a unique experience and it is fascinating to follow their progress. Enjoy your travel as it is your journey which counts!” Maria Mohrholz, Manager Rohloff Australia
The expedition would like to publicly welcome Vango Australia as sponsors of the CSX.
Vango Australia make some of the best value gear on the planet. Vango specialise in outdoor tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks, travel gear and accessories. Years of research and dedication to outdoor enthusiasts have helped make the company a success for the last 40 years.
Vango products represent tried and tested design and construction which can be relied upon. While innovation in design has been key to Vango’s success, flashy gimmicks and trends do not appear in Vango gear. Vango equipment represents good value for money and is backed by Vango’s lifetime warranty!
In Australia Vangoâ€š is distributed by Ansco Pty Ltd. www.ansco.com.au
The CSX will be using the Tornado 200 tent (shown below) and Viper 750 down sleeping bag throughout the expedition.
First and foremost, Ride Industries are bike riders. As riders, they know what works – obtaining good quality gear and bringing it into the mainstream bike riders market. The CSX regularly uses Exustar, Alligator and KCNC gear all supplied by Ride Industries. Having trialled this gear through 2 continents and been proven over thousands of kilometers, the expedition knows this gear works under some of the toughest conditions.
Based in the Hunter Valley in NSW, Australia Ride Industries has supported the expedition from inception. With a heavy focus on customer service and very competative prices the expedition highly recommends the gear used by the riders behind Ride Industries.
Surly make some of the best bicycle gear on the planet. With edgy designs a deep philosophy of trying things nobody else does and a can do attitude, surly gear is like no other. When I needed a low cost, steel production frame that could carry just about anything the Karate Monkey got my intial vote.
But then some years into the expedition they came out with something better. The SUV of touring/commuter bikes and I had to have one. Welcome to the “Troll”. By far the best all round build it yourself, go anywhere, fully customisable frame that will no doubt outlast the expedition itself.
That is if I can keep other peoples hands off it!