Our Jack gears up to hit the road at 82
By ADAM WRATTEN
TWEED cyclist Jack Griffin, 82, has pedalled the equivalent of 24 times around the world during a lifetime in the saddle.
Now, as he closes in on one million kilometres, his sights are set on riding from Cairns to Coolangatta to help raise money for the Tweed Heads Hospital.
Cycling is in this bubbly pensioner's blood.
He started riding when he was eight and is one of only seven 80-plus year-olds who race competitively in Australia.
This latest adventure is his way of giving something back for all the pleasure the sport has provided him through the years.
Originally from Geelong, Jack spends six months each year on the Tweed so he can spend more time in the saddle.
On average he cycles about 250km a week and has ridden around Australia three times (1985, 1992 and 1996). His best time is 68 days for the 15,000km circuit.
Jack hopes to make his Cairns to Coolangatta trip midway through 2006 and is currently looking for community support and sponsorship.
He would love to hear from anyone interested in helping.
"All up it's going to cost about $2500," Jack said.
"I'll be putting at least $1000 of my own money in, but it would be great if I could get help with the difference.
"I'm going to need a second person to support me, and a campervan, which I may have to hire."
Jack said he would also love help in setting up an event-organising committee.
To get involved call Jack Griffin on 0431 244 681.