Courage riders hit for six flats
AFTER riding 3300 kilometres with only one flat tyre, the Blind Courage riders picked the wrong place to pull over near Hay and had six flat tyres at the same time.
Ride field publicity officer Anna Rose said the foursome pulled off into Khaki burrs and Cat head weeds to sustain six flat tyres at the one time.
Warwick State High School staff member John Eder was the main mechanic as six tyres were changed just west of Hay.
The riders have been joined by Mark Berends, a friend of former Warwick cyclist Lorin Nicholson, and he also had two flat tyres.
At 4.30pm yesterday, the riders were cycling to a roadside spot 30 kilometres east of Hay before returning to the town by motorhome for dinner at the Hay Bowling and Golf Club last night.
On Saturday, Mr Nicholson will be joined by his family, wife Lisa and children Andrew, Emmalyn, Harriet and Tom at Goulburn.
The family will then follow the final two days of the ride by car.
After three weeks of riding, Mr Nicholson has lost five kilograms in weight but Mr Eder, his pilot rider at the front, hasn’t lost any weight.
“The Blind Courage Ride will be really good for John’s masters’ track cycling career,” Mr Nicholson said.
“We are riding well together. Because of John’s experience, we have the right rhythm.”
Blind brothers Lorin and Dean Nicholson and their pilot/tandem riders had pedalled 3183 kilometres in 123 hours and 32 minutes until yesterday morning.
Today, they cycle to Narrandera and stop at Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Mittagong and Bass Hill before arriving at the Sydney Opera House on Monday at 8am and into the record books as the first blind brothers to ride across Australia. Donations on www.blindcourage.com.