A Brighouse man is pedalling his way to hundreds of pounds as part of a huge cycling challenge around Australia.
John Radcliffe has been battling the soaring temperatures and isolated roads down under for Alzheimer’s Australia.
After migrating to Adelaide in November 1986 from Woodhouse Lane, he caught the cycling bug from watching others.
“I took up cycling about eight years ago,” said the 64-year-old. “I’d been inspired by several cyclists I met from overseas who’d cycled around the world and decided I’d like to ride solo and unsupported around Australia as a personal challenge.
“Once I’d got a couple of long rides under my belt I felt confident enough to try and start raising money for charity so I chose Alzheimer’s Australia. There’s been a lot of Alzheimers in my family and my mum Joan died from it 10 years ago.”
His route started in Adelaide and is takinghim around the coast through Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Katherine, Broome, Perth and back to Adelaide. “I usually ride about 100-130 km a day depending on where camp sites are.
“I carry everything on the bike - tent, stove, clothes etc which weighs about 22kg. On my last ride which was across the outback I had to carry a lot of extra water - six litres which, of course, is an extra 6kg. This particular ride from Townsville to Darwin was 2,500km altogether.” A former player at Rastrick Squash Club, John, who lives in Australia with his wife Lynne and children Sheryl and Christian, works as a music teacher and musician.
Before moving to Adelaide, he also worked as a schoolteacher at Beech Junior and Infant School in Huddersfield.
He regularly gets back to Brighouse to visit his dad Gordon, who lives in Ashlea Drive.
Alzheimer’s Australia advocates the needs of people living with dementia, and their families and carers. As the peak body and charity for all types of dementia, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information.
So far John has raised $1,400 for the charity. To donate, visit www.give.everydayhero.com/au/john-radcliffe.