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Old 2004-10-27, 04:21 AM   #1
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Riding a penny farthing across Australia for Leukaemia charity

There was a photo of a penny farthing rider in the Auckland newspaper about to embark on an epic ride across Australia. He's doing it for charity and is riding from Perth to Sydney. That's 4350 kilometres folks! I hope some of you Coker riders in Aussie can get out and ride with him - I reckon he'll appreciate the company.

From the photo it looks like his PF doesn't have a foot-peg for mounting. I guess he'd have to rolling (jump) mount it instead. It does, however, have a spoon brake.
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Old 2004-10-27, 04:33 AM   #2
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Sounds like fun. We should organise something like that one day (on Cokers of course). How about a RAA (Race across Australia) , like the RAAM- Race Across America?
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Old 2004-10-27, 05:42 AM   #3
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Sounds good Ken, as long as we start off in Brisbane so I don't have to travel as far to the ride.

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Old 2004-10-27, 06:37 AM   #4
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Is that the new Kris Holm line of "distance riding" garb he's sporting?
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Old 2004-10-27, 08:01 AM   #5
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Is that the new Kris Holm line of "distance riding" garb he's sporting?
no, that acually the way cyclists once looked before dixie cup helmets and spandex.
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Old 2004-10-27, 09:09 AM   #6
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This is the guy that did the London Marathon in full 'old fashioned' diving suit, complete with stupidly heavy boots. He also did the New York and Edinburgh Marathons too.

Get this though........he also completed a marathon (26 miles) in the depths on Loch Ness!! It took 12 days!

link here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3176730.stm for all the details.

Now if he was riding across Austrailia on a penny farthing and wearing this diving suit that would be something else!!!
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Old 2004-10-27, 09:34 AM   #7
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I think we've got like 2 coker riders in Australia... and last I knew, I didn't think one of them could even ride it.
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Old 2004-10-27, 09:58 AM   #8
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Re: Riding a penny farthing across Australia for Leukaemia charity

On Wed, 2004-10-27 at 04:34 -0500, Robbie wrote:
> I think we've got like 2 coker riders in Australia... and last I knew, I
> didn't think one of them could even ride it.

We may not have many cokers, I don't know, but we have a reasonable
number of people who can ride them. There was a coker at the Melbourne
Museum grounds on sunday, and all of the unicyclists there (6 or so, at
that stage - we had more people earlier in the day) were riding it
around quite happily. Three of us can even do a free mount.

I suspect there would be plenty of cokering if more people had the money
to buy them. Most of us are uni students, and they apparently cost $650
or so. I think we'd all love to own them, but the numbers just don't
line up.

Of course, it's quite possible that when you say "coker rider" you mean
"one who rides a coker frequently", in which case I'll just shut up and
get back to my corner.
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Old 2004-10-27, 09:58 AM   #9
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Re: Riding a penny farthing across Australia for Leukaemia charity

On Wed, 2004-10-27 at 04:34 -0500, Robbie wrote:
> I think we've got like 2 coker riders in Australia... and last I knew, I
> didn't think one of them could even ride it.

We may not have many cokers, I don't know, but we have a reasonable
number of people who can ride them. There was a coker at the Melbourne
Museum grounds on sunday, and all of the unicyclists there (6 or so, at
that stage - we had more people earlier in the day) were riding it
around quite happily. Three of us can even do a free mount.

I suspect there would be plenty of cokering if more people had the money
to buy them. Most of us are uni students, and they apparently cost $650
or so. I think we'd all love to own them, but the numbers just don't
line up.

Of course, it's quite possible that when you say "coker rider" you mean
"one who rides a coker frequently", in which case I'll just shut up and
get back to my corner.
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Old 2004-10-27, 12:03 PM   #10
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I think we've got like 2 coker riders in Australia... and last I knew, I didn't think one of them could even ride it.
I'm guessing there are closer to 10 regular Coker riders here in Australia.
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Old 2004-10-27, 12:08 PM   #11
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'Sherlock' Is Bicycling Across Australia

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PERTH, Australia (AP) - A former British soccer player raising money for a leukemia charity set off Wednesday on a coast-to-coast ride across Australia on a Victorian-era bicycle that is older than the country.

Leukemia survivor Lloyd Scott dressed up as fictional British supersleuth Sherlock Holmes, complete with tweed coat, deerstalker hat and a fake mustache for the 2,700-mile trip from Perth to Sydney.

He donned the costume to blend in with his 1885 "penny-farthing" bicycle with a giant front wheel and tiny back wheel, as he crosses a desert region known as the Nullarbor Plain where daytime temperatures are likely to soar to 104 defrees Fahrenheit.

He said he hoped to wear the costume throughout his ride, but told Perth radio station 6PR, "I must confess if there's a couple of days across the Nullarbor when its perhaps a little bit warm and nobody's looking, I might take the jacket off."

Scott, a former firefighter and professional soccer player from Essex, southeast England, is no stranger to covering long distances in wildly inappropriate apparel -- in 2002 he completed the New York marathon in a vintage diving suit -- complete with boots and helmet -- that weighed in at a hulking 130 pounds. He took five days to finish.

The father of three, who survived leukemia, is making what he hopes will be a six-week trek through mountain ranges and desert plains in a bid to raise 1.5 million pounds (US$2.7 million) for the charity Children With Leukemia.

"Everyone I've sort of met over here has warned me of what to look out for -- road trains, cattle grids, kangaroos, emus, bulls, camels -- and I've got a list now that's nearly as long my arm," Scott told 6PR. Road trains are the giant trucks that thunder along Australia's Outback highways.

Scott said he had already wrecked one penny-farthing while learning how to operate the original 1885 version he is using for his odyssey across Australia -- a country that only formally came into existence in 1901.

He is riding with a support crew including his father, brother and a physiotherapist, who plan to bunk down in mobile homes each night.

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British adventurer aims to wheel across desert: For leukemia research: Plans to wear heavy tweed jacket on 4,350-km trip

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PERTH, Australia - Lloyd Scott has walked the length of Loch Ness underwater and plodded the London Marathon in an antique diving suit, but he admitted he will have to cheat to accomplish his latest feat -- riding an antique bicycle across Australia's desert outback in a heavy tweed suit.

Dressed like Sherlock Holmes in a Norfolk jacket with knickerbockers, deerstalker hat and a large fake moustache, the Englishman set off from Perth in Western Australia yesterday bound for Sydney 4,350 kilometres to the east.

His route lies across some of the world's harshest deserts, including the dreaded Nullarbor Plain, where little more than native animals and small shrubs can survive in temperatures that regularly top 40C.

"It's a long way," Mr. Scott admitted shortly before pedalling off on his bone-rattling Victorian-era penny farthing bike. The machine, which has a giant front-wheel and a tiny back wheel, was bought in the United States for about $6,700.

"Will it be tougher than the Loch Ness walk? Well, there is not a great deal of suspension on the bike," he said.

"There's only two springs under the saddle so I've cheated and put a lambswool cover over it," added the cyclist, who was celebrating his 43rd birthday.

And although he donned appropriate period costume for the start of the ride, Mr. Scott confessed he may loosen the tie and slip off the jacket as temperatures in the desert begin to climb.

"I'm hoping to [wear the costume the whole time], although I must confess if there's a couple of days across the Nullarbor when it's perhaps a little bit warm and nobody's looking, I might take the jacket off," he said.

The former soccer player overcame leukemia after a bone marrow transplant in the 1980s. He has since defied convention with a series of feats to raise money for leukemia research and to increase awareness of the disease.

He claimed the record for the slowest London Marathon when in 2002 he took more than five days to cover the 42-km course while wearing an 80-kilogram deep-sea diving suit.

His underwater stroll along 42 kilometres of Loch Ness last year took him 12 days.

He anticipates the bike ride will take about six weeks to complete, a feat he hopes will raise $3.4-million for the charity Children With Leukaemia.

"I've done things on six of the seven continents but I decided to save the best to last," he said.

Mr. Scott, a former firefighter and father of three from Rainham, east of London, will be followed by a mobile home and his support team, who include his father, brother and a physiotherapist. He plans to cycle for about eight hours a day.

"Everyone I've sort of met over here has warned me of what to look out for -- road trains, cattle grids, kangaroos, emus, bulls, camels -- and I've got a list now that's nearly as long my arm," Mr. Scott said.

"I'm just concerned I am going to spend so much time looking out for these things that I won't actually concentrate on what I'm doing."

Black & White Photo: Tony Ashby, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images / Briton Lloyd Scott leaves Perth, Australia, for Sydney on a penny-farthing bicycle yesterday. Scott has tried zany feats before, including walking the length of Loch Ness underwater.; Graphic/Diagram: National Post / NULLARBOR: (See print copy for complete graphic/diagram.)
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Potholes, magpies add danger to charity fundraiser's Perth-Sydney bicycle ride

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A charity fundraiser who completed the slowest-ever London Marathon in an antique diving suit has come crashing to a halt in his latest venture. Lloyd Scott, 42, had planned to cross the 4,345 kilometres between Perth and Sydney, Australia, on a Penny Farthing bicycle, but crashed into a pothole 10 days into the trip, the BBC reported yesterday. Mr. Scott, who began his journey on Oct. 13, put the accident down to bad luck. He will continue using two larger Penny Farthings while his bike is repaired. The journey across mountain ranges and desert plains aims to raise $3.3-million for the charity Children With Leukemia. The father of three, who had the disease himself in the 1980s, has suffered several mishaps since setting off, including being attacked by magpies. Although not seriously injured in the latest mishap, Mr. Scott said, "This makes me realize just how vulnerable I am out here."
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Re: Riding a penny farthing across Australia for Leukaemia charity


"jonjon" <jonjon@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> This is the guy that did the London Marathon in full 'old fashioned'
> diving suit, complete with stupidly heavy boots. He also did the New
> York and Edinburgh Marathons too.
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> Get this though........he also completed a marathon (26 miles) in the
> depths on Loch Ness!! It took 12 days!


The guy is a total fruitcake.........we need more like him.


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Re: Re: Riding a penny farthing across Australia for Leukaemia charity

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The guy is a total fruitcake.
That is such an un-PC way to put it.
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........we need more like him.
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