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There's no pain on the plain, so let's head to the hills
Adelaide's Annual Ride for Pain cycling event is on again this November with a different course and different concept designed to help all participants gain an appreciation of Chronic Pain.

Chronic Pain impacts over 15% of Australians, and costs our communities more than cancer and diabetes combined. For some years now Adelaide has been a leader in pain research through collaborations between the three major universities, the Medical Research Institute, Workcover and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Ride for Pain
Signage on Corkscrew Road

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Corkscrew Road - 2.5km at 9%

The Ride for Pain is an event that helps raise funds for research. It is a unique, challenging and altogether fantastic community cycling event, that is intentionally tough. Organisers want to provide participants with an insight into what it is like to have chronic pain and what it takes to recover.

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The Red Devil will make her usual appearance

There are three ride distances available with all rides commencing from the University of SA Magill Campus on St Bernards Road. The two hour ride takes participants along longest climb being Montacute Road up to Marble Hill. The two hour ride then returns to the Magill Campus.

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Marble Hill Summit - 12.9km at 4%

Four hour participants also ride to Marble Hill before tackling a number of shorter and steeper hills in the Mount Lofty Ranges. Regular riders will know and appreciate "Little Italy", Deviation Road and Pound Road.

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Pound Road - 2.7km at 8%

Six hour participants replicate all of the climbs of the four hour riders plus also Corkscrew Road, Nicols Road and the steep side of Mount George Road before heading down Norton Summit. But for these riders it isn't finished there with a ascent / descent of Coach Road at Skye including the 200m at 19% known respectfully as "The Wall", before the final climb of the day up Coachhouse Drive and Woodland Way towards Teringie.

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Coach Road - 2.4km at 10%

All riders will finish at the Magill Campus where there is food and drink available as well as some photos and some souvenirs. There are some age limits for riders, and riders need to take their own food and drink during the ride as it is unsupported. Riders are also asked to take care around the Marble Hill area where the annual Picnic at Marble Hill is taking place.

Ride for Pain
University of SA Magill Campus

Further details about the course and registration are available on the Ride for Pain website.

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Why? A good fundraiser highlighting what chronic pain really is
When: 16 November 2014
Where: Adelaide Hills
Cost: $55- $66
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