Jack's on another odyssey
BEING an 85-year-old cyclist who has never had a smoke or drink in his life, Jack Griffin is one of a kind.
The Tweed Heads resident will cycle 1680 kilometres in 18 days from Brisbane to Cairns later this month to raise money for a new stress machine for The Tweed Hospital.
Mr Griffin's philosophy is, he can rest when he is dead.
“I'm not trying to say I'm the best bike rider, but I'm still fit and healthy enough to do this,” Mr Griffin said.
“I get asked, 'why am I doing this at 85?' and I just tell them I can't do the ride when I'm dead.”
“I've been planning this trip for about four years,” he said.
“I just decided to do it because I may not be here in a year's time.”
Mr Griffin said it will be the world record for longest bike ride by an 85-year-old and hopes to inspire people in their 50s and 60s with his ride.
“There are a lot of people at my age who are in nursing homes or on walking frames or wheel chairs,” he said. “Not many people live to 85 to begin with.”
Mr Griffin will continue his training resume up until the July 26 start date, which will include several hundred kilometres of cycling around the Tweed every week.
The Tweed Heads resident first got on a bike when he was eight and started competitive riding when he was 14 and is no stranger to cycling adventures.
He rode around Australia in 1985 when he was 61 and again in 1992 and 1996.
In 1999 he rode from Tweed Heads to Canberra to meet then prime minister John Howard.
Mr Griffin is currently seeking donations to fund his trip. Anyone who would like to help Mr Griffin's cause can write to the 'Jack Griffin bike ride' at PO Box 904, Tweed Heads 2485 for the Special Purpose and Trust Fund to ICU/CCU Donations.