Cyclists grin and ‘bear’ it
READY for sheer pain on the pedals, brothers Dave and Matt Rix say their ride from Canada to Mexico is all about the scenery and adventure.
Flying out for North America, the Coffs Harbour brothers face an off-road cycle of 4700 kilometres along the Great Divide Mountain Trail, including 60,000 metres of climbing and temperatures ranging from -5° to 40°.
"It's the world's longest off-road cycling route," David said.
"It starts in Banff, Canada, zigzags along the Continental Divide, climbs over isolated passes and finishes in Antelope Wells at the border of Mexico, crossing the Great Divide 29 times."
Riding for charity in support of Kids 4 Cancer projects, these bike-loving brothers will tow trailers and 28kg of camping gear behind their mountain bikes.
"We have been told one of the most important pieces of equipment we'll need is bear spray," Matt said.
"From a standstill start you can't out ride a grizzly or brown bear and there's plenty along the trail.
"We will cook our meals well away from where we will be camping at night.
"I hope we see them from a fair distance as there was a reported bear attack on a rider last week.
"There are also mountain lions, moose, wolves, elk and deer to look out for."
Family and friends will track them via GPS over the next six weeks.
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