Eamon's on a cycling odyssey

Eamon Fitzpatrick is riding to Melbourne to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.
Eamon Fitzpatrick is riding to Melbourne to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. Trevor Veale

HE will be mighty saddle sore by journey’s end but Eamon Fitzpatrick knows the hard yards will be worth it.

The 26-year-old has passed through the Coffs Coast on a pedalling odyssey which is taking him from the Gold Coast to Melbourne.

Mr Fitzpatrick aims to raise $4000 for the McGrath Foundation which places breast care nurses in local communities and increases breast awareness in young women.

"I had always planned on doing something like this and a couple of months ago I thought it would be great to do it for charity," he said.

"My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer three-and-a-half years ago and she’s come through it really well.

"I’ve raised $1400 so far and my target is $4000 so I’m getting there."

Mr Fitzpatrick left Coolangatta on Tuesday and he plans to be in Melbourne by December 18, where his 19-day trek comes to an end.

He’s been a keen cyclist for six years and he’s doing his trip on an old racer. He admits it’s been tough going at some stages.

"I was north of Grafton in the middle of nowhere and I got a flat tyre. I went to pump it up and broke the pump so I crawled into Grafton and got the bike fixed.

"I’m averaging about 150 kilometres a day but my biggest stretch was on Wednesday when I covered 184km from Casino to Coffs Harbour.

"I’m going to have Friday off so I can sit and watch the cricket.

"I’ve been doing a fair bit of training so the distances haven’t been a problem but it has been wet."

Go to to get details on how you can donate to Mr Fitzpatrick’s fundraiser.

He has a GPS on his phone so you can track his progress, too.

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