Dean Nicholson, Grant Williams, Lorin Nicholson and John Eder train for their ride across Australia.
Dean Nicholson, Grant Williams, Lorin Nicholson and John Eder train for their ride across Australia.

Cyclists on Blind Courage venture

LORIN Nicholson and John Eder will create history when they cycle across Australia as part of a group of four in the Blind Courage Ride, which starts Monday.

The pair first cycled in tandem when they lived in Warwick, with Eder riding in front of Lorin, who is sight impaired.

Once Lorin moved to Brisbane, they were unable to train together, which ended their dreams of competing for Australia in the 2008 Paralympic Games.

Eder lives in Warwick and works at Warwick State High School.

The pair will be accompanied on the ride across Australia by Lorin’s brother Dean, who is also sight impaired, and his tandem rider Grant Williams.

The Nicholson brothers, born with retinitis pigmentosa and less than 10 per cent sight, have been legally blind all their lives.

They will be the first blind brothers to cycle across Australia.

Eder said the ride aimed to raise public perception of the capabilities ofpeople with a physical disability – in this case blindness.

“Channel Nine will cover the start and finish of the ride for the Today Show. There will also be radio interviews and newspaper coverage,” he said.

The 4100km ride from Perth to Sydney will take a month.

The riders leave Perth on Monday and will ride across the Nullarbor then through Ceduna, Port Augusta, Mildura, Wagga Wagga and Canberra to Sydney.

Eder has used his training for the past three years in track racing to ensure his fitness for the ride across Australia.

“Lorin and I have got together for three training rides in the past month,” Eder said.

The riders have already raised $31,000 through sponsorship to cover the cost of the ride.

Eder said he was grateful to local businesses Eagle Boys Warwick, Redback Cycles, Danny Lyons Sports and Comtech West for their sponsorship.

“Our goal is to raise $300,000 for Vision Australia, which is $1 for every vision-impaired person in Australia,” Eder said.

The four riders will cycle 150km-200km a day.

The longest day will be a 220km stretch and they will have a rest day each Sunday.

The riders will be in convoy with three motor homes, which will be used for accommodation.

Three support staff willaccompany the riders.

Southern Downs residents keen to support the Nicholson brothers and their tandem riders can go on the Blind Courage website, www.blindcourage.com. or donate at the Optus shop in Rose City Shoppingworld.



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