We’re told 41-year-old Mike Laird is a seasoned explorer (he took part on BBC’s Castaway 2000 show) and recently completed a ride across Australia, and has now launched the Trans Oz Bike Ride.
Taking place in May 2011, the challenge will involved competitors racing the 3,374km in 17 stages, with terrain ranging from road to dirt and even including hill stages. Those taking part will be expected to pedal nearly 200km each day, no mean feat given the demands of the heat and inhospitable terrain.
To make it a little more enticing, there’s the chance of winning a £5,000 cash prize. Starting from Melbourne, the competitors will ride north through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland to finish in Cairns where the winner will be announced.
“This truly was an experience of a lifetime and I am delighted to be able to open this up to other people with an appetite for adventure,” said Mike. We have planned and researched every element of the race to ensure that The Trans Oz Bike Ride runs as smoothly as possible. We’re looking for people with a serious passion for cycling to become involved. Anyone with determination, bags of energy and a decent bike should reach the finish line.”