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Get ready…

  • Prepare to ride a pushbike 214 km in rugged but stunning South Australian countryside

  • Raise money for an amazing cause that sees lives being transformed and restored

  • Rider registrations close June 2021, and are strictly limited to 50 riders only, so get in quick and secure your ride!

The Living Free Program, run by Teen Challenge SA, is committed to seeing lives set free from the destructive forces of addiction.

The BREAK THE CHAINS 2021 RIDE FOR RECOVERY CHALLENGE is setting the goal of raising $50,000 from this event in aid of Teen Challenge SA Inc. and its Living Free Program.

See Registration and FAQ for further details.


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DAY 1: SATURDAY AUG 21, 2021 – 103 km

Starting in the beautiful township of Nuriootpa, we’ll ride northwest to Clare in the stunning Clare Valley.

Day 1 of the ride will first take us in a north-westerly direction through Koonunga to Kapunda, before heading north onto Marrabel. We’ll then continue northwest from Marrabel onto Saddleworth before riding through Manoora, Mintaro, Polish Hill River and Sevenhill and onto our destination – Clare.

Overnight we’ll set up camp at the Clare Discovery Parks


DAY 2: SUNDAY AUG 22, 2021 – 111 km

The return ride will commence from Clare and travel southeast back to Nuriootpa.

Day 2 of the ride will venture south taking us through Sevenhill, Penwortham, Leasingham and Auburn before heading southeast towards Saddleworth once again.

From Saddleworth, we’ll continue southeast through to Marrabel and then onto Eudunda before taking a south-westerly route back to Kapunda and finally to our home destination – Nuriootpa.


Click to Enlarge – 2021 jersey artwork to be finalised

Teen Challenge SA is proud to partner with Australian company Blackchrome Sportwear for the BTC 2021 Ride For Recovery Challenge for our Performance Kit jersey.

  • The Performance Kit jersey is constructed with two ideal cycling fabrics, Honeycomb and Trimesh – Blackchrome’s most top quality mesh.
  • Rear hem features Silicone Gripper Tape to hold the jersey firmly in place – a key factor in overall comfort.
  • Rear storage pockets
  • Full zipper

This Jersey is designed to be a firm fit. A tighter or looser fit can be obtained by ordering up or down a size. Please note all measurements are flat measurements.



This event is open for a maximum of 50 rider registrations, so be quick to secure your place!
Yes! All riders will need to provide a small tent, sleeping gear and an overnight bag with a change of gear for the overnight stay in Clare.

All of these items will be transported for you for the full duration of the event allowing you to just crank out the k’s without hauling the extra kg’s!

Meals and refreshments over the two-day event will be provided as a part of the registration including morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on Day 1, as well as breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Day 2.

Registration for the BREAK THE CHAINS 2021 RIDE FOR RECOVERY CHALLENGE is $214 per person, and it includes the following:

  • Accommodation fees.
  • Meals and refreshments.
  • Event briefing pack.
  • Event logistics / staffing / First Aid
Click here to see how to set up a fundraising page through Everyday Hero.

As for the fundraising itself? Be creative! There are numerous ways to reach and exceed your fundraising target. You can hold a BBQ or run a quiz night… Seek support from family, friends, work colleagues, church groups or other groups you are part of. Use your social media platforms – spread the word!

Yes, fundraising is compulsory for this event and will be done through the Everyday Hero portal where you will create your own fundraising profile and track your progress. The BTC fundraising goal for this event is $50,000, so if each rider raises $1,000 the anticipated goal will be achieved!

Click here for further information.

Riders will be accommodated in 3 main packs based on riding experience.

  • P1 is the fastest pack with very experienced riders.
  • P2 is an intermediate pack with riders having had some previous long-distance riding experience.
  • P3 is a novice / social pack comprising riders with less riding experience.

But regardless of experience, this event is for anyone who loves cycling, who enjoys the challenge of pushing their personal boundaries, and has a heart to see lives set free from all forms of addiction. All levels of riding experience are welcome!

No, training rides are not compulsory. However, all riders are encouraged to undertake some preparation before the event so that you can ensure that both you and your bike (and your butt…!) are in good riding condition and that you’ll go the distance without any trouble. No pain, no gain as they say…!
Given the challenge involves cycling 214 km on bitumen over two consecutive days, you’ll need a bike that can safely and comfortably cover that distance. You’ll also need to ensure you have items such as water bottles, bike pump, tube/tyre repair kit, spare tube, multitool etc so that you can affect repairs and take care of business along the way.

Road bikes are built for this sort of stuff as are hybrids, cyclo-cross and tandem bikes. Modern-day mountain bikes and e-bikes are also geared well and have good ergonomics but weigh more than the road-based bikes, but if that’s all you have and you still wish to ride, then welcome aboard!

Absolutely – if you feel as though you’re wanting to up the pace, then changing packs can be undertaken at one of the three breaks scheduled throughout each day.
We’ll be staying overnight in the beautiful settings of the Clare Discovery Parks located on the Horrocks Highway in Clare.

Rider registration covers site fees, however, all riders will need to provide their own tent and sleeping gear in addition to their cycling togs and overnight bag. Full bathroom and kitchen facilities are also included, as are all meals over the two days.

The rider briefing is scheduled to be at 11 Park Terrace, Gilberton (Gilberton Chapel) on Saturday the 14th of August 2021 at 4pm, where briefing packs will be distributed. It’ll be a great opportunity to meet other riders who have also accepted the same challenge.

Throughout the registration process, up until the day of the rider briefing there will be frequent email and social media updates. Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

Watch this space for any updates!



The turning point

After finishing the Living Free program, Darren is now giving back as an intern. Here is his story …

I often hear stories of how people’s horrible childhoods and home lives were what got them into drugs. I can’t say the same for me. I came from a loving, caring and stable middle-class family. I just liked getting high.

My childhood was great until in my early teens I discovered drugs. I started with weed and alcohol, then pills and cocaine. Then around I found meth. It started out great. I worked full time, I had the money to support my habit and I used on weekends.

After celebrating a good friend’s 21st with a group of mates, my friends and I got in a car crash. We hit a stobie pole doing around 100 kilometres an hour. The driver died, and the other passenger and I survived. Life after the accident got no better. I eventually lost my job, and with a car loan and credit card to pay, I filed for bankruptcy at 22, thinking life couldn’t get any worse than this. But it did, and my life spiralled further out of control.

After a suicide attempt, I spent some time in a program, which I found helpful. I settled down, found full-time employment and got engaged.

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