Cycling around Australia for Type 1 Diabetes

By Izaak Raaijmakers

My Activity Tracking

2,639
kms

My target 15000 kms

I’m fundraising for JDRF to defeat T1D!

Hi, my name’s Izaak Raaijmakers, I’ve just finished my HSC (in 2020) and am taking a gap year to cycle solo around Australia. I start my 15,000 km adventure on March 19th and expect to be on the road for about 6 - 9 months. I hope to raise $15,000 dollars for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

In 2017 my sister Adela, who was 7 years old at the time, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As a family we’ve have been living this difficult journey for the past 4 years. This has inspired me to raise awareness of diabetes and to raise funds for JDRF to support researchers who will create better treatment for diabetics and may be able to prevent, or even cure, Type 1 Diabetes. 

Diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. Without insulin you cannot survive. Type 1 Diabetes can strike anyone at any time, and while much progress has been made in the management of it, there is still no cure. 

Most Type 1 Diabetes diagnoses occur in children between the ages of 4 and 14 years old. More than 120,000 people have the disease in Australia, with seven Australians diagnosed every day. Diagnosis means a 24/7 fight with no break. Diabetics face an extra 180 decisions a day to remain safe and healthy. I have set up a fundraising page through JDRF. It would mean a lot to me to have your support. I will be documenting my journey and look forward to sharing it with you.

DONATE NOW to help the #JDRFBlueArmy and change the lives of Australians living with T1D. Thank you.

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Thank you to my Supporters

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Emma & Klaas

We are in awe of you Iz. The independence and determination we have witnessed from the 'sidelines' as you have planned and prepared for this adventure, instils in us that you are ready for this adventure. We are certain you will not only exceed your goals, but you will have the time of your life doing so. We look forward to following you (not in a support vehicle we promise) as you gradually make your way around this large continent of ours. Your decision to do so, while raising both awareness and funds for T1 Diabetes research only makes us prouder. You are everything and more. Your motivation and integrity leave us immensely proud. Relish this extraordinary moment in your life. Safe travels Iz - and remember we are only a phone call or a flight away. All our love.

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Andrew Hoyne

Mate. Stay safe. Don't be afraid to ask help of pick up the phone to family and friends for help, or to just say hi. I wish you all the best. Cheers, Andy

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Colin, Elaine, Ellen And Duncan

All the best on your amazing adventure. Keep your tyres pumped up and stay on the left hand side of the road. We'll be following your journey and look forward to hearing some great stories when you get back.

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Emma

Love the message from Adela. Says it all 🙏🙏

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Liz C

Hi Izaak, Amazing journey - and wishing you a speedy recovery. A cause which means a lot to me.

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Ev

Go Izzy!

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Barbara Rees

Very best of wishes for the journey & fundraising, Izzy!

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Jon Marquard

Good on you Izaak- very impressive

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Hmvs + Bleux

Izzy we are so proud of you... for so many reasons. Thank you for dedicating this incredible adventure to your sister and all the others that live with diabetes. Good luck and safe vibes from 108.

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Georgia Chewing

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Annie & Paul

Good on you Izzy. Take care darling boy. X

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Campbell Baird

Good on you Izaak. Burn a few calories whilst you're there.

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Krystll

You are amazing Izzy x

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Georgia Mather

Safe journey, enjoy the ride!

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Tom And Sarah Punch

Amazing Izaak - what a challenge and adventure. Best of luck!

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Michelle Findlay

We hope you enjoy your phenomenal adventure and looking forward to offering some hospitality when you come through Torquay. Stay safe is Iz...xx

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Georgie & Xander Alpherts

Go Izaak! Geweldig!

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Mark (ned's Godfather) And Rowena

Awesome adventure Izaak and a great cause.

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Sarah Macmaster

Happy travels Izzak.

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Ashik @ Deputy

All the best Izaak. Congratulations on taking such a noble initiative.

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Raul Vera

Go Izzy. Dee and I will be cheering you on all the way.

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Kylie, Anthony, Alec & Elyse

Good luck Izaak on your adventure!

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Simone Brandon

Good luck on your adventures! Tot ziens, Simone & Nick

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Gaffneys

Our very best wishes on your journey Iz, and as they say.........☘️ May the road rise up to meet you May the wind be always at your back And May the sun shine warm upon your face 💚Gaffneys

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Janus Raaijmakers

zet 'm op, Izzy !!

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Bernice And David Mair

Have a safe journey Izaak. Enjoy the sights on your tour and well done on your initiative. All the best. Bernice & David

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Dimity Noble

Ride like the wind you legend you!

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The Murraywells

Amazing Izaak! Inspiring advocacy + action. May the wind be at your back!

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Michael Newman

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Ed Davis

Drop in at Byron Bay on your way through for some Northern hospitality- it’s all downhill from there to home!! Best of luck legend. 🙏🏼

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Transpire

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Joanne Gambale

This is quite phenomenal. Above all, stay safe, because you are very much loved. Lump in throat. Jo

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Lesley Holden

Izzy - you are an inspiration! What an incredible journey on so many levels!

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Ross Ogden

All the best and enjoy all the path ahead! Grow eyes out the back of your head too! Hugs to your entire family too, we'll be checking in and thinking of you! Ross & Sarah

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Hoffman/nicholson Family

Go well Izaak. What an amazing experience you'll have, for such a good cause.

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The Charley’s

You totally rock Izzy!!

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Jeannette Baird

Ha Izaak. Heel veel succes met je fietstocht. Het is een geweldig plan, maar doe voorzichtig.

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The Antico Family

A cause close to our heart Izzy. We can’t wait to follow you on this journey. X

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The Reindorfs

Good luck on your amazing journey, what an inspiration!

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Kelvin Leung

Godspeed Izaak

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Daniel Kelly

An amazing adventure and a wonderfully personal cause. Good luck!

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The Biggsenbergs!

So impressive Izzy - enjoy what will no doubt be an amazing experience - stay safe and look forward to following your journey!

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Tracey O'dea

Good luck on your amazing journey!

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Tibor Schwartz

Dear Izaak, wishing you a wonderful and safe journey from all of Schwartzes 😊👍🤗

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Sophie, Bruce, Henry

Good luck Izzy and bravo! Soph, Bruce, Henri

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Sylvie Duncan

Great cause and an amazing journey for you. Keep hydrated and all the very best!

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Martin Rees

Awesome cause - go well Izzy!

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Vanessa Yee

Hey Iz, Good luck on your travels. Don’t forget you always have a bed at our place when you finally get back round this vast country. I’m guessing we’ll be towards the end of your journey so hopefully we’ll be home by then too. Stay safe and if you need anything from us, please just call, message or email me. Sending lots of love. xx

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Penny Rees

You're an inspiration, Izzy! Stay safe out there and make lots of amazing memories. Looking forward to lots of brilliant photos ;)

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Hugo Cowdery Lack

Hey Izzy, hope your journey goes great and you raise a shit ton for the charity, it looks like a great cause. Looks like you'll have to raise the donation goal soon! Good luck with the rest of your trip! Hugo CL

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Rory Travis

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Jo Dean

Best of luck to you on your extraordinary expedition Izzy! What an incredible thing to do, and how wonderful to raise money for a cause dear to your heart. Pedal hard and stay safe xx

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Carol Sae-yang

Good luck Izaak!

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Rebecca Smith

All the best Izaak! Stay safe and enjoy the adventure!

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Annabelle Bailey

Adela is so lucky to have you as a big brother! Good luck out there. Miss Bailey :)

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David Barnard

We are behind you all the way - stay safe.

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Claudia Cannone

You are amazing and I've loved hearing about this incredible undertaking of yours. You are so inspirational and I'm proud to be connected to you and your beautiful family.

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Amanda Lintott & Fam

Go Izaac. From someone who struggles to ride around the park, this is a seriously impressive mission. Have fun out there x

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Tiffany Cole

Inspirational Izaak! Enjoy the journey. I'm sure you will meet lots of fantastic people on the way and I hope you encounter lots of warm hospitality in regional Oz! All the best. Stay Safe! Tiffany, Peter, Eleni and Marco :)

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Nerida Bawtree

You are amazing Izaak, best of luck on your journey. Nerida & James

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Tom Boob

Your amazing izaak. My family struggles with diabetes so you doing this means a lot thanks. From caps to causes actual monkey king shit 🦍🦍🦍

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The Lowes

Iz, I don't know who is braver - you or your parents letting you do this and worrying every night, but you are a champ mate. Best of luck and really lookingforward to the posts!

$83.52

Oscar

Great cause Izaak, all the best with the ride!

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Eva Matser

Succes uit Gorssel van Eva Matser

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Sam Wong (one Of Your Mum’s A Capella Mates)

What an amazing adventure and wonderful way to support your sister. Make sure you stay well hydrated!!

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Anonymous

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Anna Black

Good luck and safe travels

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Rainer Wollgarten

Great cause for many reasons. I also hope you enjoy every one of those 15000 km's and that you raise a lot more than $1 for each km.

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Sandra Heilmann

Great cause! Good luck & enjoy the ride!

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Marjolein Van Waes

Way to go, Izzy! We're following you from the Netherlands.

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Craig Harris

Enjoy the adventure!

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Annie Mackin

Best of luck Izaak. Such a fantastic initiative.

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Kelly & Cluny

What an amazing young man you are! Your parents must be so proud of you.

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Liv

Good luck in the rain mate! You got this! Have a break at Hayden’s pies in Ulladulla on your way down south.

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Paul & Marijke Esser - Raaijmakers

Hi Izaak, heard of your tour from Janus, your granddad and brother of Marijke. Count us in for a donation. How to pay ? You leerbedrijf cycling when you were in the Netherlands a few years ago and cycled wth Klaas & Janus from Amsterdam to Arnhem?

$52.20

Katrina Griffiths

Go Izzy! Have an amazing time!

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Cameron Adams

Wow, what an extraordinary effort this will be! Good luck, looking forward to hearing how it's going

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Ben Reid

Go Izaak! Inspiration for other people your age.

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Parag Panjwani

Ride safe Izaak..

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Lodewijk Onstein

Greetings and good luck from your Dutch examiner!

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Penelope Pitcairn

Good luck reaching our fundraising goal Izaak and thank you for raising community awareness type 1 diabetes.

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Gus Tierney

Much love, Izaak. Good luck, great cause. Stay safe.

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Yaz Ashraff

What a wonderful adventure and for a fabulous cause!

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Lrigh

You’re amazing! Good luck Izaak!

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Murray Shaw

A fantastic initiative. Good luck.

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Liz Adams

Best of luck Izaak for your amazing adventure. Keep safe! there'll be some fantastic photos I'm sure. Lots of love and best wishes from Liz & Rob

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Haim Jacobowitz

Well done on your efforts. Hope you enjoy the journey

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Paul Stevenson

Great to see Izaak, good luck

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Yohanes Yohanes

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Henrie

Amazing! what an inspiration and such a good cause. Stay safe!

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Louis Travis

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Casper Poutsma

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Helen Burkett

What an undertaking! Very best wishes

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Briony Schofield

What an amazing ride you’ll have 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Ang Becroft

All the best! A fantastic initiative!

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Job Raaijmakers

Yo Go Izzy! Liefs van Marinka Lenne Rifka en Job

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Loretta Coombs

Hi, You are such an inspiration to us all. This donation is on behalf of Fergus and Gen. Thanks and good luck 🤞

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Freja

Hey Iz, love you so so much. You’re definitely crazy to do this but I’m so incredibly proud. Xx

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Q7 Pty Ltd

Great work, go well and enjoy the journey.

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Hughie

Love what your doing brother so so proud of you❤️. I’ll miss ya whilst you’re gone having a ripper of a time🤙🏻

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Your Thankful/loving/awesome Sister Adela

Thank you Izaak so much. You may think that I think you are the most annoying brother ever (which at times you are) - BUT - you are also the most incredible, one in a million, caring brothers - AND - you doing this has made that grow 10 fold. Ride safely. I love you so much.

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Alysia

Good on you kid, means the world.

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Margeaux Scarf

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Richard Linstead

Best of luck Izaak - amazing effort!

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Emma Jones

You're an absolute inspiration and I wish you luck for your incredible journey.

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Ilona Johnson

Really wonderful you are doing this for a cause so dear to your heart. Wishing you safe travels and many blessings along the way.

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Derek Jones

Good luck from America! (Klaas' friend and past colleague)

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Megan Donnelley

Good luck with the cycle.

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Louise Moran

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Deidre Stevens

Great cause, Izaak....be safe on your journey Best wishes on reaching your goal.

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Claire F

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Adri Pont

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Clint Kann

Very impressive feat and such a great cause. Good luck!

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Scarlett Antico

Good luck Izaak! such a great cause😊

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Sandy Curtis

Good on you. Stay safe.

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Anonymous

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Bleron Zajmi

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Lara Merrett

Go Izaak! Can't wait to see some pics of your journey

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Angus Forbes

a few shillings

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Jess Dharma

good luck izaak!

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Simon Pinder

Hey mate, hope you're doing well. Good luck on this trip, if things work out we might be able to organise a meet in Darwin if you’re there when I am. I hope we stay in touch over the future and I wish you the very best in life. Good luck and fair travels mate.

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Nicky Vera

Let's go Izaak! Godspeed son

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Liz Zorzi

So inspiring Izzy , safe cycling 👍😀

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Katie Abbott

Amazing!!

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Andreas M

Best of luck mate!

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Max Davis

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Oscar Iredale

Best of luck mate!

$20.88

Karin Selter

Good luck Izaak! All the cycling in Amsterdam will help you!

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Charlotte Hossack

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Meredith Graham

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Stella Hinchliffe

good luck izzy❤️❤️❤️

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Leanne Jaconelli

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Fergus Rafferty

Good luck Izaak! What an amazing experience you’re about to set out on hope this small amount can help you out :-)

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Fergus Rafferty

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James Vermeesch

Go get em boii

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Anonymous

I’m so, so blown away by your kindness and bravery. I hope your journey is fulfilling.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Kaira H

You can do it! Enjoy the scenery:)