Cyclists raising money for Flying Doctors

Posted on July 11, 2008 by



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A group of cyclists have begun a journey from Broken Hill to Darwin to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Ride Organiser June Files says the group – with an average age of 55 – is re-enacting the ride made by Frederick Blakeley and the O’Neil brothers 100 years ago.

The total journey covers a distance of more than 3,700 kilometres.

Ms Files says the group is expected to arrive in Darwin in about seven weeks.

She says 78 people will ride to Alice Springs but only 14 will do the final leg to Darwin.

“The rest of us will keep going through Linhurst, Maree, following the old ban track and the telegraph poles exactly the way these three men did 100 years ago,” she said.

“At least we’ll have a track – they didn’t even have a track then – and our bikes will be a little bit different to what they rode.”

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