Riding to help kids in need


Wahroonga, New South Wales

He’s got legs of steel and a skull held together by a metal plate, but the man dubbed Titanium Trent is putting “his metal” to good use.

These rides are not just lifetime experiences, you get a chance to help children in need.

A serious cycling accident requiring facial reconstruction surgery in 2012 has actually motivated Trent Watson to do more, not less, riding. But he’s not pushing the pedals alone, and not just for the fun of it.

This year he’ll be taking part in three 25000 Spins charity cycling events, raising money for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia.

Trent Watson pictured during the Great Ocean Road ride earlier this year.

“While recovering from the accident, I heard about the London to Paris trip. It became a huge motivator to get my life back together and get back on the bike,” Watson said. 

“ADRA’s work is important to me—the fact I’ve had a major accident hasn’t changed that. In fact, making a positive difference in the world has become all the more important and to be able to do that through cycling makes it even more personal.

“These rides are not just lifetime experiences, you get a chance to help children in need.” 

Watson rode the Great Ocean Road in February, and will be joining the 25000 Spins organised London to Paris and Swiss Adventures in July. 

But he’ll be missing the ride closest to home.

“Queensland’s north coast is spectacular anyway you look at it, but taking it all in at riding pace will be something special,” he said. “But, unfortunately, I’ll have to wait for next year’s North Queensland Adventure.”

Participants in the North Queensland ride can choose to support either ADRA Australia, Compassion, Botswana Orphanage Project or Sonship. To date, 25000 Spins events have raised more than $A500,000 for children in need around the globe.

Registrations for the 25000 Spins North Queensland Adventure in September are closing soon. For more information visit <www.25000spins.com>.