Warwick rider treks across nation
JOHN Eder is surprised by the speed he and three fellow cyclists have averaged in the first 3000 kilometres of the Blind Courage Ride across Australia.
Mr Eder, who works at Warwick State High School, and Lorin Nicholson are riding in tandem along with Lorin’s brother Dean and tandem rider Grant Williams.
The riders have averaged 28 kilometres an hour on the ride so far.
“I am very surprised with our speed. There has only been a tailwind for four and a half days out of 17,” Mr Eder said.
“We expected to average 23 to 25 kilometres an hour.”
Across the Nullarbor, they covered 269 kilometres in one day with a magic tail wind which enabled the riders to have two days off this weekend, rather than one.
The four went to church yesterday in Mildura, a far cry from having their own church service at their camp site in an isolated area.
Mr Eder said he was enjoying the ride a lot more than he expected.
“I thought I would experience a bit more pain,” Mr Eder said.
He has no doubt the worst day was the second day of the ride from Perth to Sydney when the reflective heat off the bitumen in Western Australia was 50 degrees.
While the Warwick rider and his tandem rider haven’t had a flat tyre in 3000 kilometres, Mr Eder said they have broken a lot of spokes.
“Every couple of days, I straighten and replace spokes,” Mr Eder said.
They have received a lot of encouragement on the ride from Perth to Sydney from people in many of the small communities across the Nullarbor.
“They want to hear our stories,” Mr Eder said.
“We have also received a lot of support from Clubs Australia.”
The one disappointment of the ride so far is the small amount of money raised but Mr Eder said they were now moving into larger population areas.
“The people have been very welcoming in Mildura,” he said.
The ride will pass through Canberra and then the four cyclists will arrive in Sydney on Anzac Day.
Donations can be made through the website www:blindcourage.com
Messages can also be left for the four riders.