It's almost here.

It's 9:20pm on the night before we head out. Final preparations are underway.

Here's the Media Release I sent out earlier today.

Media Release
Sunday, 7 September 2003

Cyclists Here Today - Gone Tomorrow
Perth to Hobart Cycling Event Launched Tomorrow Morning

31 cyclists proudly wearing their team uniform will start turning their pedals tomorrow (Monday the 8th September) as they begin riding 4200 km across Australia. They will be aided by a dedicated support crew. The team will leave from the Murray Street Mall at 9:25 am on Monday and arrive in Hobart 32 days later.

What: Bike for Bibles Perth to Hobart 2003 Official Launch
Where: Murray Street Mall (Outside Myer)

When: 8:45 am for interviews - Leaving at 9:25 am Monday 8th September

Who: 31 Cyclists & 8 Support Crew

Ride Coordinator, Rodney Olsen, says the event is raising money for a great cause. “The ride will fund literacy development in India. Literacy education is a vital key to alleviating poverty. With a better education people have greater employment prospects and so are better able to support themselves and their families.”

Rodney believes the make up of the team will make the ride a unique event. “The team includes people from all walks of life. We have a 52 year old man in remission from leukaemia, a local radio announcer, farmers, electricians, you name it, they’re here. Our youngest rider leaving Perth will be 17 year old Rohan Gaunt and our oldest will be 68 year old Grandmother, Margaret Radbone. During our first week we will be joined by Richard Khan, the Auxiliary Secretary of the Bible Society of North West India.”

Fact File

Total Distance: 4200 km
Daily Average: 160 km
Longest Single Day: 197 km
Shortest Single Day: 97 km
Rest Days: 5
Arrival in Hobart: 9th October 2003
Support Crew: 8 people in 3 vehicles
Fundraising Estimate: Over $200 000

Bike for Bibles was started in 1984 when 3 men rode from Sydney to Melbourne, raising $2000. Since then, it has expanded into several other countries and has raised in excess of 8 million dollars, mostly for overseas literacy development.

Participants are available for interviews before and during the ride.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rodney Olsen 0412 177 307.

Bike for Bibles – 122 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth. Phone (08) 9221 3488 Fax (08) 9325 4557