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Perth-Sydney cycling record may fall

By:
Antonio J. Salmerón
Published:
October 21, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:32 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for October 21, 2006

NSW cyclist Richard Vollebregt may soon break the Trans Australia Perth to Sydney cycling record of...

NSW cyclist Richard Vollebregt may soon break the Trans Australia Perth to Sydney cycling record of 9 days, 23 hours, and 25 minutes. He aims to finish the Sydney GPO early Sunday morning and is positioned to be the record by up to 15 hours if he continues at his current pace.

So far, weather conditions have been ideal for the ride, with most days being overcast and average temperatures in the mid 20’s (Celsius). Despite averaging four hours sleep per night, the 39-year-old Vollebregt appears to be in good spirits and continues riding up to up to 16 hours and up to 500km per day. Vollebregt has already ridden 3,270km. 730km remain until he reaches Sydney.

Record attempt coordinator Neil Davies said, "The support crew has been exceptional," pointing to daily massages and a personal chef as keys to the attempt.

For the World Record attempt, Vollebregt must continuously cycle 16 hours a day, covering between 400km to 450km a day. The support crew, all of whom are members of Southern Highlands Cycling Club and will take turns to cycle with him for approximately 100km each, will make available daily results of his progress on the Southern Highlands Cycle Club Website, www.southernhighlandscc.com.au.

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