Another uber-successful UniSA Ride for Pain

Sunday April 7th saw hundreds of cyclists take to the River or the Hills on an absolutely glorious Adelaide autumn day. The mercury nudged 30C and the spirits were even higher. Thanks to WorkCoverSA and, of course the University of South Australia, it was another very successful event. Over 250 cyclists took on the whole 100km and 100 of those participated in the first ever age-weight adjusted time trial up the infamous Corkscrew Road. There were some serious cyclists involved and the age-weight adjustment through out some surprises. The True King of the Mountain was a 56 year old bloke and less than 4 seconds separated the top 4 riders.  The objective of the Ride for Pain is to raise community awareness about chronic pain. Here are the key issues we are trying to promote:

Chronic pain is common and costly, representing the single biggest health care burden facing the world today.[1] On a personal level, to borrow from PainAustralia chronic pain doesn’t kill, but it destroys lives.

A key strategy to reduce this burden is to increase our understanding of chronic pain.

The best way to prevent and recover is through understanding and graded activity.

There are photos of the cyclists going up Corkscrew here and a table of the True King of Corkscrew here. A hearty congratulations to our very own Jane Bowering, who was the fastest female up the hill.

Finally, the Ride for Pain at your place! is still ongoing and we will give you an update when the photos and results start coming in!

About Lorimer Moseley

Lorimer is NHMRC Senior Research Fellow with twenty years clinical experience working with people in pain. After spending some time as a Nuffield Medical Research Fellow at Oxford University he returned to Australia in 2009 to take up an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). In 2011, he was appointed Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & the Inaugural Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. He runs the Body in Mind research groups. He is the only Clinical Scientist to have knocked over a water tank tower in Outback Australia.

Link to Lorimer’s published research hereDownloadable PDFs here.


[1] Vos, T., Flaxman, A., et al (2012). Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 Lancet, 380 (9859), 2163-2196 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61729-2


  1. Well done to all – was hoping to see more painful expressions on the corkscrew? Maybe some CBT at play here?