Heres to the Future2!

13 January 2017

Frank Amato, Photographer, Australia

The Future2 Foundation helps young people who’ve had a tough start in life to realise their potential. 

The Future2 Wheel Classic is one of the way’s the foundation raises awareness and much needed funds. The 2014 event was a seven day, 1,050 km ride from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road, meandering through some spectacular countryside. It was a huge success with funds raised tipping $141,000!

Future 2 Bike Ride Start at Parliament House

The 2014 Future2 Cyclists with supporters at the start.

Photograph by Frank Amato

My primary role was as support vehicle (one of four) and photographer secondary. The images captured were used to help promote the event for the following year and were also made available to all entrants and officials as a keep sake and record of the commitment made.

This commitment was nothing short of impressive by this bunch of keen cyclist with an interest/involvement in the financial planning industry. Banding together for the cause they tackled long daily distances, heat, hills, pain and more pain. A common mind set to push through that pain was to remind themselves about the people in need they’ve met via the foundation and what a difference their efforts will make to those individuals lives and many others.

Future 2 Bike Ride Start at Parliament House

The fun begins at theTreasury Place, Melbourne.

Photograph by Frank Amato

In any worthy pursuit, motivation is the key to success and what better way to highlight this to the entrants than to meet with four time Olympian and 2011 Tour De France winner, Cadel Evans. He was gracious enough to catch up with the riders at the start of day two as they headed out together from Geelong, Adelaide bound.

Cadel rode with the group for some 30 Kilometres of his home turf. Cyclists rotated positions up front along the way so they could all ride beside the champion feeding off stories and advice that would stick firm over the next five days.

Cadel Evans Road Cycle with group
Cadel Evans Book The Long Road To Paris signed
Support Vehicle volunteer 'Lofty' loading trailer
Ride support vehicle at the side of the road

Challenges were many for this lone photographer as well… ok well maybe not as strenuous, exhausting, depleting and fatiguing!

Priority was keeping an eye on the route to make sure we were on track and keeping close to the rear of my group of riders signalling when large vehicles were approaching from behind whilst safety beacons whirled away atop my vehicle.

Trolling Google Earth and street view to scout for possible photographic locations was a nightly ritual as was keeping photographic gear ‘relatively’ clean and charged. Backing up files, creating social media galleries to upload to official channels and helping co ordinate the following days nutritional supplies was all in a days work… pro bono work!

Future 2 Bike Rider pumping the air

Riders were pumped the entire journey.

Photograph by Frank Amato

For information about the Future2 foundation head over to the website at the link below. Also check out the Future2 Wheel Classic page for event specific information.