Cycling a life-long passion for John
Retired councillor rides 30km a day
A LIFE on two wheels has formed John Mellor’s philosophy of life.
The retired Gayndah Shire councillor said he’d been riding since he could ride.
His need for speed led him to race competitively from the age of 11, when he won a mile race at Bundaberg Showgrounds, until the age of 13, when the family moved to Gayndah.
Mr Mellor continued life on wheels after he joined the family business, Mellor’s Drapery Store, which he described as his “whole life”.
They’re about 800 to 900km, but it’s getting a bit tough for me.
His life-long passion for cycling has led to friendships – and his life philosophy.
“I’ve got this theory that people who go on bike rides are all good people, because you’ve got to put a bit of effort into it,” Mr Mellor said.
“In the last 10 to 15 years, since I don’t run any more, I ride my bike every day, about 30km a day, and go on as many organised rides as possible.”
The organised rides included social and charity rides, he said.
Because Mr Mellor spent 46 years in the auxiliary fire brigade, he had completed three bike rides to raise money for the Children’s Burns Unit in Brisbane.
“They’re about 800 to 900km, but it’s getting a bit tough for me,” he said.
This week, he was completing a charity five-day, 520km ride through the Darling Downs organised by the Lions Club of Kallangur to raise money for children’s cancer research.
He described it as a “senior friendly” ride, with the choice of four groups, from fast to “coffee speed”.
While there’s no pressure, he has plans to be in the fast group.
When we spoke, Mr Mellor had just returned from the Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand.
“I did (the 50km ride) about six years ago with my daughter,” he said.
“I met this American guy and his wife who did it then. He wrote to me and said: ‘We’re going back to do the Otago Rail Trail; how about coming?’”
Whether cycling around Gayndah or from Mission Beach to the Atherton Tablelands in north Queensland, Mr Mellor will enjoy the “bit of effort”, the exercise and the friendships.
ON THE ROAD: Keen cyclist John Mellor rides for charity.