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by Mark Zalewski
March 8, 2017
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Australia’s longest standing cycling journalist, Rupert Guinness, will be swapping the laptop for the bike, riding the Indian Pacific Wheel Race later this month. The race will cover nearly 5500 kilometres across Australia, starting in Fremantle and finishing at the Sydney Opera House.
“I was drawn in by the challenge of riding across Australia the long way and also being to able to find what I’ve got within myself,” he told SBS. “We [journalists] spend so much time reporting on athletes and the limits they have, this is an opportunity to find out what my limits are and to find what’s out there on the edge.”
The race is a solo, completely unsupported effort with riders finding their own food and water, and sleeping under the stars.
The event is partially in homage to ‘the Overlander,’ 19th century riders who traversed the Australian continent before the advent of automobiles. It also marks the 80th anniversary of Hubert Opperman riding from Fremantle to Sydney.
“The plan for me is to try and ride 12-15 hours a day,” Guinness said. “Hopefully, I can cover up to 300 kilometres each day. The riders leading the race will probably ride up to 20 hours a day and obviously cover a bigger distance.”
Click through to read more at SBS.