COLAC’S Daniel Madden says he felt a mixture of relief and elation as he completed a 3027-kilometre bike ride which raised money for African children.
Mr Madden, 21, finished a 14-day ride from Adelaide to Darwin last week, and spoke to the Colac Herald from the Northern Territory yesterday.
He said his ride raised more than $8000 for Nyenko, a charity for African children started by Apollo Bay’s Laura Taylor.
“We haven’t been able to add it all up yet but it should be more than $8000,” Mr Madden said.
“Some of the money has already gone over to Africa and Laura’s talked to a few kids there, she gave them the news that they’re staying in school.
“She said they were just so excited, they cried and laughed and it was fantastic; there’ll be a lot more money going over there once I get back.”
The fitness fanatic had never ridden more than 100 kilometres before taking on the challenge a fortnight ago.
Mr Madden said riding in 34-degree heat tested his physical limits.
“Earlier on in the ride the physical stuff was definitely a lot different to anything I had experienced, I hadn’t done much riding and it hit the body hard,” he said.
“As I rode on, I had a bit of trouble with the heat up north.
“I’d have to take regular breaks during the day to cool down but I made the 14 days which I was absolutely stoked about.”
Mr Madden said crossing the finish line in Darwin in front of family and friends was something he’d always remember.
“There was a lot of relief involved knowing I could wake up the next day and not have to get back on the bike, that was a pretty good feeling,” he said.
“Friends and family were on the esplanade there to congratulate me; it was a great day.”