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Wild Ride: Epic cycling journeys through the heart of Australia

Daniel Oakman



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Melbourne Books
02 June 2020
Sports & outdoor recreation; Cycling
This book tells the story of the cyclists who were overcome by the need to venture forth on two wheels; the courageous men and women who undertook some of the most epic bicycle journeys of all time.

Wild Ride reminds us of a thrilling period of exploration all but forgotten in the age of the motorcar. Daniel Oakman takes us on a rich ride through the 130 years of Australian cycling; from the overlanding heroes of Arthur Richardson and Francis Birtles, to the lesser known but no less amazing feats of Jerome Murif, Ted Ryko and Joe Pearson, through to modern-day backpacking trailblazers such as Kate Leeming, Tegan Streeter and Tom Richards. Celebrity riders are here too; from the historic icons of Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman, Wendy Duncan and Shirley Law, to the more recent triumphs of actor Sam Johnson and his audacious quest to ride a unicycle 15,000 kilometres around the country.

You will be astounded by their journeys, retold here with sparkling clarity. Be inspired for your next pedal powered adventure.
By:   Daniel Oakman
Imprint:   Melbourne Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925556841
ISBN 10:   1925556840
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   02 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Daniel Oakman is a museum curator, historian and bike rider. He has curated exhibitions about bicycles, cars, cities and urban design; including Freewheeling, a ground-breaking travelling exhibition on cycling in Australia. As a writer, he is best known as the author of Oppy, the gripping biography of Australia's greatest endurance cyclist, Sir Hubert Opperman. He lives in Canberra with his partner Cecilie and a dog called Gilbert.

Reviews for Wild Ride: Epic cycling journeys through the heart of Australia

To cross Australia on a bicycle, piercing the very heart of the continent, facing dangers, someknown and more unknown -- it was the very thing. -- Jerome Murif, Australian cyclist, 1897

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