Paralympic legend, Michael Milton, just crossed the Great Dividing Range
on his bike for the tenth time.
The well-known local made his name on the ski slopes, winning 11
Paralympic medals and breaking the Australian speed skiing record with a
staggering 213.6km/hr. But these days he spends much more time on the
bike. In fact, he also recently completed a gruelling six-stage mountain
bike race in Alice Springs. "Training," he says, for 'Ride the Divide'.
Milton runs Big Foot Adventures, a small operation offering a limited
number of small guided bike tours each spring and autumn around Canberra
and the region.
"As the lead guide, I have to be really fit and ride ready. It's a 150km
ride, some of which I will spend pushing others up hills. I might also
double back to ride with someone who's doing it tough or race ahead to
check on or reign in others who are ahead of the pace.
"I've spent my life cycling in and around Canberra and I'm still finding
new places to explore. We started Big Foot Adventures a few years ago
mainly to justify my many cycling trips. I turned my hobby into a
business," said Milton.
Ride the Divide - from Canberra to the coast - is the most popular tour
but Milton is quick to point out that ten crossings isn't that rare.
"It's a fairly well-trodden route these days, especially for serious
cyclists but, for most people, it can be pretty daunting. We offer a
fully supported tour, complete with a follow vehicle. All the riders have
to do is pedal so they can cross this iconic ride off their bucket list,"
Big Foot Adventures will run one more Ride
the Divide adventure this spring on 17-18 October. They have
also scheduled a one day ride called The
Big Wee Ride on 24 October.