Cy­clist’s ex­treme desert ride

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MAR­JORIE COOK

Wanaka ‘fat’ biker Tony Cul­shaw will be pow­ered through the Simp­son Desert later this month by at least 448 rash­ers of ba­con and 37 dozen eggs.

His five day, 600km race on a fat wheeled bike is sched­uled to start on Septem­ber 27, but could yet be post­poned af­ter re­cent floods.

Cul­shaw used to weigh 106kg but cut the carbs and con­sumes four rash­ers of ba­con and four eggs for break­fast ev­ery day.

He’s lost 15kg. He also rides about 350km a week.

Cul­shaw’s best friends meet him for cof­fee ev­ery morn­ing and they have mixed feel­ings about how he will go.

‘‘He’s got two days trav­el­ling with the sup­port crew to get there first. There’s a fair chance he might get dumped some­where in the desert be­fore he starts,’’ Chris Booth said.

‘‘He will get to the fin­ish. It might just take him a lot longer than he hopes,’’ Greg Cole said.

‘‘I think he will be cry­ing on day three,’’ Gary Tweedie said. ‘‘There will be tears. If it were me, I would just hire a he­li­copter.’’

Cul­shaw can be tracked on snow2sand.org. The event char­ity is the Royal Fly­ing Doctor ser­vice.

JESSE PETERS

Wanaka ath­lete Braden Cur­rie, right, slides on the line, but Josiah Mid­daugh of the United States won.

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