We are actively engaged in our community, supporting a range of projects that are of interest to our team.
Interview with Cyclist Deanna Erskine
How did you first get into riding?
I’m relatively new to cycling, getting on a bike for the first time since i was a teenage in early 2014 to join a friend and my Dad on the Ride to Conquer Cancer. I was looking for a new challenge after injury limited my involvement in competitive Karate and running. Dad is a cyclist and has been since he was about 5 so I had lots of encouragement and truly fell in love with the sport.
Why do you like road racing in general?
I love the challenge Road racing presents, particularly the long hill endurance races. I love testing my limits and pushing myself beyond them. Road racing takes you to some beautiful places and riding as a team is fantastic. there is something about riding for someone else, supporting a teammate to take the win and being part of something bigger than individual goals.
Why Splatt Lawyers Racing?
Our sponsors Splatt Lawyers and FourPL have given me such a fantastic opportunity to improve my cycling skills and race as part of a fantastic and supportive team. We have riders from a broad range of skills and experience – some who have ridden NRS before and others like me who are new to racing and competitive cycling. we all have different skills some are stronger at grits, others hills, sprinting, tt etc. As a team we can approach races considering our individual strengths and develop race plans and strategies that utilise these to the max.
Splatt Lawyers Racing is all about supporting women to take their cycling to the next level, be that State or National. it’s not all about winning. We certainly celebrate the wins but improving and developing as a rider and working as a cohesive team are equally important.
About how many days a week do you ride your bike?
7 if i can!! Realistically it is more like 6. I have a full time job and family commitments so it is a juggling act. Balance is important and so is rest!
If you had to pick a favourite cycling moment, what would it be?
It would have to be watching Annemiek van Vleuten race up the Col d’Izoard at La Course. Just incredible watching her ride away from the bunch and stay away kms from the finish. Not only that; she holds the third fastest time up the last 5km of that climb (out of women and men) just phenomenal, and demonstrates that women can mix it up with the best of the male riders.
What is the funkiest bit of kit you own? (Cool bicycle bell etc)
Definitely my handle bar flower vase! A birthday gift from a friend – not particularly aerodynamic but definitely a bit of fun!!
If you had to pick the best hill climb across the globe for cyclists, which one do you think wins first place and why?
There are so many to choose from. Probably the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees, stunning, love watching it in the Tour de France and will hopefully make it there to ride one day.
If you could cycle any route in the world tomorrow, where would you go?
Definitely the Pyrenees 🙂
FourPL sponsor Splatt Lawyers Women’s Cycling 2018
FourPL are proud to sponsor and support the Brisbane based National Road Series and Queensland Road Team Series women’s cycling teams again in 2018. We believe our values closely align with what the teams promote – breaking down gender imbalance and diversity barriers together with supporting local community projects. FourPL have supported the team on their journey since inauguration in 2016 and we are excited to continue to be part of building a solid platform for the development of women’s cycling. By getting more woman on bikes we hope to bring together a diversity of ideas, perspectives and experiences. FourPL Diversity Statement
August 2017 TechDiversity Awards and Gala Dinner
On Wednesday 2 August, 400 members of Victoria’s digital technology industry gathered at the #TechDiversity Awards and Gala Dinner to celebrate the people and programs that are making a difference in the world of tech diversity. FourPL were again proud sponsors of this event.
May 2017 Cycling Newsletter
Cycling is no doubt a sport which inspires – and our girls from the Galibier Women’s Cycling Team have recently shown that there is no limit to what can be achieved through effort and determination. Read their inspiring Galibier May Newsletter
Metropolitan Championships – 20/21 May
On the weekend, the girls did amazingly well in the metropolitan championships which involved a criterium on Saturday and a Road race on Sunday.
On Saturday, Lauren Hooper came a stellar 2nd and first B grade lady in the B-grade/u17 combined criterium. On Sunday, in the road race, Dea got her first B grade win – awesome job! So some great racing from the ladies. There were plenty of picks swamping Facebook and Instagram.
Racing for the QRTS starts in 3 weeks and we have two teams entered – which is just going to be HUGE! More details to come.
State Criterium Championships Report
The Queensland State Criterium championships were held on 22 April 2017 at Nundah where the Galibier Women’s Cycling team had riders entered in three grades – elite, masters 2 (35-39 years) and masters 4 (45-49 years).
Criterium races are always very tactical in that there are always riders that sit in the pack, trying to reserve as much energy as possible, to allow for an explosive sprint down the finishing line. This is why teams adopt the tactic of attacking, and forcing those riders to chase them down, to soften those riders’ legs up for the final couple of laps.
For riders wanting to pitch themselves against some of the State’s best, this race is also a is a true test of fitness as it allows women of all grades and abilities to compete against each other in the one race. Its either going to be all smiles or a wakeup call and time to get to more training!
All in all it was a great day out for the team with a lot of podiums in the masters divisions, and some close racing in the elite race. Importantly, there was a lot of smiling faces and laughs, in and amongst some tough racing.
Ariel Organises New York Walk for Children’s Charity
The NY Lap 4 Life is a charity event that my wife Lisa and I started last year. It is a 55km walk around the perimeter of Manhattan, raising funds and awareness for children suffering from abuse.
We started the event when we were living in New York. We were always intrigued by the idea of walking the whole of Manhattan, and from that idea we grew it into an event that would benefit those less fortunate, and started to take on participants who wanted to walk with us. Each of our participants fundraise for us, which allows us to reach a large number of different networks. This year 70 participants signed up, and have raised over $50,000 so far for the Australian Childhood Foundation, our charity partner.
This year’s event was held on September 17, and was the 2nd year of the event. Next year we are very excited to be launching the Lap 4 Life in Melbourne! Donations can be made here.
Ariel Lakman, Project Manager, FourPL
We are proud to announce our sponsorship and support of the inaugural elite women’s cycling team associated with the Cyc’d Cycling Club in Queensland. 2016 is the first year of elite competition for the team and we are excited to be a part of their big step forward.
Brett Rides for Animal Aid, March 2016
Well, you won’t believe it. After bagging all those lycra bunnies I have been forced into a ride…not really, I am having lots of fun training. I have bought a new bike and some lycra (let me tell you I look like a porpoise). Anyway we are scheduled to take off on the 20th March. We leave Fulham and ride to Bairnsdale. Hopefully the weather’s good.
Who are we raising money for… Animal Aid is an animal welfare organisation dedicated to the care of all stray and surrendered animals. Each year Animal Aid cares for and re-homes thousands of companion animals in Victoria, including cats and dogs, pocket pets and small livestock. Animal Aid receives no government funding and relies on the generous donations and assistance provided by the local community.
Brett Findlay, Senior Vice President – Commercial and Communications, FourPL
FourPL supports IT industry initiatives through our involvement with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). In 2015, FourPL sponsored the Smarter Cities, Always Connected forum and the Women In Technology – Driving for Change event. At these events industry leaders explored ways to improve our business and community effectiveness through better collaboration.
Additionally, FourPL Senior VP, Brett Findlay was re-elected for a further 3 year term as Deputy Chair to the AIIA Victoria State Council in 2015. As part of Brett’s role with the AIIA, he is a judge for the National iAwards, an initiative that aims to discover, recognise and reward the ICT innovations that have the potential to, or are already, having a positive impact on the community.