Mr Stephen Sullivan, Head of Taylor House at Senior School - Waurn Ponds, loves a challenge. From showing Australian Champion dogs, to achieving a black belt in karate, to competing in 24 hour Mountain Bike Races on a singlespeed bike; he has accomplished much in a wide range of fields. But after watching the riders in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race come through Geelong in 2017, he knew that this would be a challenge like no other.
The Indian Pacific Wheel Ride is a solo, single-stage, unsupported, 5,500km road cycling ride ocean-to-ocean across Australia. The ride starts on 17 March 2018 at 6:22am in Fremantle, Western Australia and finishes at the Sydney Opera House whenever you get there. The clock does not stop. There is no prize money. Nothing is at stake except honour.
The route will pass right through the centre of Australia's southern and eastern capitals. Through Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, riders will experience some of the favourite local cycling spots.
The ride will pass through all the terrain that Australia has to offer:
In preparation for this challenge, Sully completed a ride from Melbourne to Adelaide during December 2017. This 800 km ride remarkably took only 44 hours in total, including rests and sleep along the way.
Sully will carry all his own food, his sleeping equipment, tools and supplies. This race is solo and unsupported meaning that he will only be able to access assistance along the way that is available to all of the other riders. The bike that Sully will ride, (sentimentally known as ‘Darren’) when fully packed with his equipment, weighs in at only 15 kilograms.
Last year he rode over 20,000 km and has already completed 4700 km to date as he prepares for this challenge. The next 5500 km is planned to be completed in around 20 days, averaging between 350-380km per day. What makes this achievement and the journey he is embarking on so amazing, is that Sully is doing this while working full-time as a husband and father of two young children. The only time he will take off from his teaching at Christian College is the last three weeks of Term 1.
Sully’s bike is equipped with a spot tracker, and you can follow Sully’s live progress across Australia (along with all the other riders) by CLICKING HERE.
The College Communitty is behind Sully and we wish him all the best in this incredibly inspiring endeavour.