Blind Courage cyclists (from left) Grant Williams, Dean Nicholson, Lorin Nicholson and John Eder arrive at the Sydney Opera House at 8am yesterday.
Blind Courage cyclists (from left) Grant Williams, Dean Nicholson, Lorin Nicholson and John Eder arrive at the Sydney Opera House at 8am yesterday. Anna Rose

4000km blind cycle complete

STEPPING off his bike at the end of a 4120.2km trek across Australia, pilot rider and Warwick man John Eder was “relieved”, to say the least.

“We’re all finished – I’m happy with that; I’m so excited to have finished the ride,” Mr Eder said yesterday, on his way to the airport on his final leg home.

Mr Eder, who works at Warwick State High School, was part of the four-man Blind Courage team, riding across the nation while raising money for blind and vision-impaired Australians.

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Blind brothers Lorin and Dean Nicholson rode tandem for the epic journey, with about 100 people at the finish line in Sydney yesterday morning to congratulate the riders.

“Mentally, to be finished is very relaxing – we have raised nearly $20,000 which is great,” Mr Eder said.

“Lorin’s goal is to raise $300,000 – one dollar for every blind and vision-impaired person in Australia.

“So the ride has been a great start... we’ll be continuing to fundraise throughout the year and hopefully reach that goal.”

After a gruelling four weeks on the road, Mr Eder will have little time to rest.

“I’m going to the airport now, flying to Brisbane, driving home to Warwick and will get there about 11.30pm (last night),” he said.

“Then I’ll go straight to bed and then back to work (today).”

The riders experienced temperatures from 5.9 degrees to 50 degrees.

“We also had a few days of rain but we’re just thankful we didn’t get any snow or sleet,” Mr Eder said.

To read about the Blind Courage journey and to donate to the cause, visit www.blindcourage.com

Ride facts

Total kilometres travelled: 4120.2

Total time on the bikes: 125 hours, 33 minutes

Average speed: 28.3kmh

Minimum temp: 5.9 degrees

Maximum temp: 50 degrees

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