Dave Byrnes' Adventures

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt - 2009

Overview     Planning     Schedule     Map     Diary     Pictures     Messages     Conclusion

Sadly, I abandoned my record attempt on Tuesday, 25 August, and flew back to Sydney from Karratha.  I actually abandoned the attempt several days earlier when persistent rear spoke breakages just made it impossible to maintain the schedule I needed to have any hope of breaking the record.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to maintain this website while on the road as hoped, and the only journal updates were made via the Yahoo Group.  In the next few weeks I'm hoping to add those journal entries to this site as well as the remaining photographs.  I'm sad and frustrated at my third successive failure to break the record.  I was on schedule and confident at Katherine, one-third of the way, but the serious bike problems that occurred the next day and ultimately cost me two days, virtually scuppered the attempt.  That particular problem, the fracture of an alloy nut (into which the pedal screws) inside of the carbon fibre crank arm, was not something that could have been anticipated or easily detected until after the damage was done.  It was just plain bad luck.  No plans for a fourth attempt.  It has taken up too much time and cost me too much money, but I am left with nagging feeling that I could still break the record with a bit of luck.

My daughter, as part an under-graduate project, produced a short sound summary of my last attempt on the record which can be heard here.



Round Ireland

Hume & Hovell Walking Track

Via Alpina

Australian Alps Walking Track

Land's End to John O'Groats

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt

Australia Tip to Top MTB

Adelaide to Darwin MTB

Sydney to Melbourne MTB

Three Peaks Race

Appalachian Trail

Alpine Track

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