Warnes on Wheels

Just one year ago, Grant Warnes went for his first ever ride – a 40km easy spin from Elwood to Mordialloc and back. In less than 1 month he’ll be riding 1156km in 7 days from Adelaide to Melbourne as part of the Lilyroo Ride.

We recently caught up with Grant at Frank’s Milkbar for a Soy Latte (Grant) and a Skinny Flat White (Pete) to find out a bit more about him.

Good morning Grant, how are you travelling?

Morning mate, I’m travelling beautifully mate.

First of all thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview, as we know you’re a busy man.

Not a problem mate, it’s my pleasure.

For the benefit of those who don’t know much about you, could you please tell us a bit about your background.

Well, I’m a local Melbourne lad having started my tenure on this planet in Mount Waverley. I studied at Haileybury College and then RMIT where I graduated with Distinction with a Bachelor of Business (Property). Since then I also gained a University Accreditation in Property Investment through PIPA Real Estate Agents Representative VIC, NSW & QLD.
I now work as a Senior Property Adviser with John Hopkins Group, a position I’ve held for 8 years. However, I’ve been involved in the property industry for about 15 years now.
Away from the hustle and bustle of an active life, I enjoy learning and playing guitar and heading to the Brighton Baths for a steam and a swim.

Grant on his way back from a steam and a swim at Brighton Baths

Grant on his way back from a steam and a swim at Brighton Baths
Photo: Slingard Studios

My partner Nadia and I love an overnight stay in either regional or coastal Victoria at any time of the year. A lot of my interests revolve around sports and keeping fit. I have been running for a number of years and am a proud AFL St Kilda Football Club supporter.

Ah yes, the mighty Saints. It’s been a lean couple of years recently…

It has mate, but we’ll be back on top of the ladder soon, alongside your mighty Cats.

You’ve played a lot sport throughout your life. Can you tell us a bit about your sporting achievements please?

I have spent a number of years as a middle to long distance runner. I have competed in both the Melbourne and Gold Coast marathons and completed a number of half marathon and 10km events. A highlight for me was being awarded 2008 Tribal Runner of the Year.

Previously I was also involved in Martial Arts and in particular the “Shukokai” style of karate. Over several years, I progressed to 2nd Kyu Brown belt.

So what motivated you to buy a bike and start riding?

Cycling is such a huge sport in Melbourne and a lot of my friends, including your good self really enjoy it. It’s a great way to catch up with your mates so I thought ‘why not give it a go?’

Yes, especially as our group of friends see less of each other as we’re all settling down and starting families.

Going for a bike ride is a great way of keeping fit and catching up with your mates at the same time.

Grant enjoying a post ride coffee with his Koota Cycling friends

Grant enjoying a post ride coffee with his Koota Cycling friends

So how did you go from going for a social ride to riding in a 7-day charity bike ride?

I want to help contribute to a wonderful cause established by yourself and Kristie. It will be a special way to honour the memory of Lily’s life and help raise further awareness for the NISC unit at The Royal Women’s Hospital. For me personally, it is an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and challenge myself.
I’ve found it tough going at times, but recently completed a 30 day challenge (riding each day for 30 days straight) and I’m now reaping the benefits of that training block.

Fantastic. It will be a very special ride for you given that you’ll be sharing every kilometre with your girlfriend Nadia (Nadia is a member of our volunteer team).

Absolutely mate. Above all else, I value spending quality time with family and friends. Being able to share this experience with the lovely Nadia and a number of my friends and give back to truly great hospital will be something we remember with great affection for the rest of our lives.

Grant and his girlfriend, and Lilyroo Ride volunteer, Nadia Rivett

Grant and his girlfriend, and Lilyroo Ride volunteer, Nadia Rivett
Photo: Katie Gilchrist

What do you want to achieve personally?

I want to complete this ride and continue to enjoy all of the hard work and training along the way. The ride itself will be a beautiful way to continue Lily’s legacy and also raise further awareness for the Newborn Intensive & Special Care unit at The Royal Women’s Hospital.

Thank you Grant, and thank you for supporting our dream of raising $200,000 for the Women’s NISC unit.

You can donate to Grant from his fundraising page.

Alternatively Grant is currently running a raffle with the following prizes.

1st Prize

Mantra Hotel, Melbourne
2 nights accommodation, includes full buffet breakfast for 2 – valued at $500

2nd Prize

Diaco’s Garden Nursery Voucher
Valued at $500

3rd Prize

New Balance Voucher
Valued at $300

Further details are available here. To purchase raffle tickets please contact us.