TOUR DE OZ

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Over­land­ing means just that for to­day’s off-road tour­ers, but for four intrepid ad­ven­tur­ers just prior to the turn of the last cen­tury, it meant jump­ing on a bi­cy­cle to be­come the first to cir­cum­nav­i­gate Australia us­ing hu­man power on two wheels. What started as a grand over­land ad­ven­ture for West Aus­tralian cy­clist Arthur Richardson, whose aim was to be the first to com­plete this 18,507km epic feat, soon turned into a race against a trio of east­ern seaboard rid­ers. Mel­bourne-based Kiwi broth­ers Frank and Alex White and Bris­bane-based Aussie Don­ald Mackay were aim­ing for the same goal, but fol­low­ing a counter-clockwise route. The en­su­ing ‘race’ saw the four rid­ers ride over and through some of Australia’s tough­est coun­try. A crack­ing read of a time when ‘over­land­ing’ was bloody wild stuff. Website: www.harper­collins.com.au RRP: $30

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