Coronavirus’ impact on cancer crusader’s cycle
THE finish line on a 2400km charity bike ride from Sydney to Cairns was slowly coming into sight when Brent Bundy rolled into Airlie Beach two months ago.
However, as tight restrictions on travel fell into place Mr Bundy had no choice but to put his cycle on a temporary hold.
He has been camping out at Nomads hostel ever since and rather than peddling up the A1 to Cairns, Mr Bundy has been clocking up his kilometres along the Airlie Beach boardwalk.
The round trip ride up and down the east coast of Australia is the seventh major cycle for Mr Bundy who also crossed the United States on his bike six times to help raise money for a cause close to his heart.
“I’m here to help fight breast cancer and promote getting the message out,” he said.
“My friend Gina passed away in 2004, and it had such an impact on me. I pretty much devoted my life from then on to help get the message out.”
He completes all his rides donned in pink carrying 50kg of luggage on the back of the bike, which has now clocked up more than 50,000km.
Despite battling everything from torrential rain to searing heat on the Australian leg, Mr Bundy said the most challenging part was the road rules.
“I love Australia, I was here 25 years ago backpacking the same route,” he said.
“The only hard part is riding on the left side of the road. I have to remind myself ‘don’t cross over’.”
Mr Bundy had so far spent most of his time in Airlie Beach “just trying to get by”.
However, he said there were some important lessons that could be taken from the pandemic that he also learnt from dealing with the loss of his friend Gina.
“Things will get better eventually, they always do,” he said.
“You just have to push through the hard times, and there’s going to be more hard times. You just have to accept that there’s going to be more hard times.
“You’re going to lose people you’re close to in the future, nothing is permanent. You just have to keep going.
“Patience is the best thing we can have right now, we don’t want to rush it.”
Mr Bundy will continue his trip to Cairns when restrictions are lifted before making the return trip back to Sydney on bike.
He hoped that on his return visit to Airlie Beach more places would be open for him to explore and thanked the community for the support he had received in his unplanned extended stay.
You can donate to Mr Bundy’s bike ride here.