ReturnToWorkSA  Pfizer University of South Australia Adelaide Uni Flinders Uni 

Due to low rider entry numbers it has been decided that the 2017 Ride for Pain that was being planned for next Sunday 12 November will be cancelled. This decision was not taken lightly, and is a first for Event Strategies in over 30 years of event management, but to proceed would have used people and resources from a large number of organizations that could not be justified.

Here’s a message from Professor Lorimer Moseley:

“We are very disappointed to announce that the 2017 Ride for Pain has been cancelled. Unfortunately we simply didn’t get enough interest to make it a viable proposition this year. To those who had registered already – thank you so much for your support. To those who rode in previous years, thank you for your support. Although we are disappointed that we have had to take this step, we are also very pleased with the impact the Ride for Pain has had over the years. We are really chuffed with the engagement we have seen from businesses, from industry, from government and from the community. We have other projects that are moving us forward toward our vision of preventing and reducing persistent pain. You can check them out here:



We really hope you have got something out of your Ride for Pain experience – we certainly have!

Thanks again for your support,


It’s back! The Ride for Pain is in its fourth year. Three challenge levels – 2 hour, 4 hour and 6 hour – providing a top value for money challenge experience, a chance to share the pain with team entries and an opportunity to take on your own pain challenge. The ride for pain features:
  • 2, 4 and 6 hour “pain” challenges, with the aim being to see how far you can get before your time is up and you have to return to the start
  • No course pampering. Water will be provided but just as riders will have to manage their suffering on the climbs, they will have to manage their nutrition and bikes too. (We will make a fuss of you at the finish with free BBQ, drink, photo and more)
  • Routes that combine a selection of famous road climbs in the Adelaide Hills
  • The lowest cost entry fee we can manage

About PainAdelaide

Did you know that chronic pain is the planet’s most burdensome health issue?

Did you know that it costs our communities more than cancer and diabetes combined?  Not to mention the massive social, economic and emotional burden on sufferers and their families – over 15% of Australians have a chronic pain condition that reduces their quality of life.

Scientific evidence shows that the first step towards reducing this massive burden is to increase understanding of the problem and its solution.

PainAdelaide is a collaboration between our three major universities, Pfizer, ReturnToWorkSA, The RAH, and SAHMRI (the groovy new medical research building on North Terrace!). We are a network of scientists, health professionals and consumers who are dedicated to taking on this massive challenge.

The Ride for Pain is one way you can help, and help yourself in the process. This is a unique, challenging and altogether fantastic community cycling event. It will be intentionally tough.

We want to give you an insight into what it is like to have chronic pain and what it takes to recover. Everyone either has chronic pain, is related to someone who does, plays, works or goes to school with someone who does – this is everyone’s problem.

Adelaide is one of the most important pain research and management centres on the planet. Now it is your turn to get involved. Take on your pain challenge. Can you ride for six hours? Four? Even two. It is all about YOU conquering YOUR pain challenge.

Start preparing now for what stands to become Adelaide’s premier cycling challenge. Take it on!

“Pain is one of the most awful human experiences, which is what makes it one of the most effective – it makes us protect our body. Chronic pain occurs when biological processes keep telling the brain that the body is in danger. The huge challenge of pain is that it is not simply about your body, but about your brain’s evaluation of threat to your body. The factors that contribute to pain can be really complex and sometimes very difficult to spot. All pain, 100% of the time, is a perception constructed by our brain. Scientific studies clearly show that once we realise this complexity of pain and that pain is an intensely individual and personal thing, once we know it in the belly of our nervous system, we greatly increase our chances of recovery.  By riding in the Ride for Pain, you will help us reduce the massive personal and societal cost of chronic pain. We really REALLY appreciate your support.”

Professor Lorimer Moseley PhD FACP

Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Chair, PainAdelaide

Event Strategies Pty Ltd