Cyclist’s extreme desert ride
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.
Wanaka athlete Braden Currie, right, slides on the line, but Josiah Middaugh of the United States won.