Waugh ready for another epic ride
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Steve Waugh was forced to call on plenty of trademark resolve throughout his 168-Test cricket career but none of those challenges prepared him for last year.
Waugh completed his inaugural Captain's Ride in 2015 - a charity cycle event from Sydney to Byron Bay spanning 900kms and 13,000 metres of vertical climbing.
The former Australia captain admits it was no sure thing when he started the trip, having only completed three months of training at a level that underlined his ignorance.
"It was the hardest thing I'd ever done mentally and physically. I was pretty buggered mentally for a couple of months after it actually, just trying to get back on track," Waugh said at the launch of this year's ride.
"I didn't expect it to be that hard but 10 minutes into the day we had a 12km climb, it was our first hill: I thought jeez we've got 880kms and six days to go. I'm in trouble here.
"But you work with the people in your group and all of a sudden after a couple of days your legs get used to what's happening.
"But the first couple of days were torture.
"This year I want to be better prepared, so I've got a bicycle coach who I've been working with for six days a week."
Waugh is again donning the lyrca in an effort to raise funds and awareness of 400,000 children in Australia affected by rare diseases.
The group of riders, which include former AFL star Adam Goodes and British Olympic champion Daley Thompson, will next Saturday start their journey from Mittagong to the peak of Mt Kosciuszko.
"Adam has trained hard .. they're all committed and they're all apprehensive as well," Waugh said.
Joining the peleton will be the world's first self-propelled children's bicycle, offering a first-person view of the ride.
"All the kids living with a rare disease who can't be on the ride can come with us in spirit. I love the idea," Waugh said.
"It's a big issue in Australia .. they are the orphans of the health system. There's no support."