Alaphilippe best in Basque Country, Stannard wins Belvedere: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 3, 2018

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Unofficial Indy Pac: Across-Australia riders flowing into Sydney Opera House finish

by Simone Giuliani

Riders taking on the challenge of a self-supported 5,500 kilometre ride across Australia are starting to flow into the finish at the Sydney Opera House.

Abdullah Zeinab, who last year made a documentary on the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, was the first of the riders who left Fremantle at 6:22am on March 17 to make it to Sydney. The Melbourne-based rider was on the bike for 14 days, arriving on Saturday March 31 just before 10am.

There were about 50 riders that decided to continue on with their journey across Australia on the Indian Pacific route, despite the self-supported race’s cancellation due to the ongoing inquest into Mike Hall’s death last year.

By Monday night French rider Stephane Ouaja and Australian rider Steve Sullivan had also made it to Sydney by the end of Monday. The rest of the riders are spread out across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.