Treadling dynamo does it again
Wednesday, 22nd August, 2012
By Kurtis J Eichler
Cycling superstar June Files is back - albeit slightly exhausted.
The 70-year-old last week returned from her gruelling 2400km journey through the NSW, SA and Queensland outback to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Mrs Files and her Silver City Bush Treadlers set themselves three rides, picking up cyclists at each destination after leaving the city on July 1.
Twenty-one riders tackled the first leg from Broken Hill to Tibooburra and 29 rode from Tibooburra to Innamincka for the second.
Twenty-four then braved the final ride from Innamincka to Birdsville and back again.
All up, six riders completed the entire seven-week trip and 67 joined in at various stages.
While gusty winds, heavy rain and hungry dingoes might have made the trip tough, the words 'give up' never once entered Mrs Files' mind.
"Some nights with the head wind and the roads... One of the dingos chewed one of the girl's bike seats that she'd paid a fair few $1000 for because they eat leather," she said.
Heavy rain also forced the travellers to stop an extra night at Reola Station, 115km north of White Cliffs.
But amongst all the negatives there were the positives that kept them peddling. The huge number of wildflowers that blanketed the outback was a real eye-opener for the cycling veteran.
"It's the best it's been in 60 years, so we couldn't have gone at a better time."
At last count, her team had collected $15,390 for the aero-medical health service.
"It makes people from the cities realise how much it's needed," she said.
"We've had to use them twice, not on this ride, but in previous rides and it makes them more appreciative of the RFDS and how remote we are."
While she'll be resting up for a while, Mrs Files is already planning another trip, through Hay and Deniliquin, next year.
The Silver City Bush Treadlers have to date raised $358,000 for the Flying Doctor.
Donations can still be made online at: www.everydayhero.com.au/hero_pages/view_posts/silver_city_bush_treadlers_2012.