In a contest between a car and an emu, the emu almost never wins. But in a contest between a goat and a cyclist, it’s unlikely the cyclist will ever come out on top.

Emus and goats have been a feature for Peter Bobbin and Ray Griffin the early phases of the Future2 Wheel Classic, particularly on Day 1 when the riders’ support vehicle collided with a specimen of the native flightless bird.

“But it’s not just native animals” out on the road, says Griffin. They have also encountered “wild goats – probably about 20 sets of them, on the edges of the road”.

Goats are unpredictable, Griffin says, so the riders have to slow down and take care not to frighten the animals into stampeding across the road. A collision between a goat and cyclist will not end well for the cyclist.

But while there’s been plenty of wildlife on the road, it’s hardly a wild life.

Four-and-a-half to five-and-a-half hours a day sounds pretty cushy. But there’s science behind the deliberately limited hours: periods of programmed rest and recuperation are crucial to give the body a chance to regroup so it can do it all over again tomorrow.

Even for elite athletes, periods of inaction are an integral part of effective training and in sustaining levels of high performance. When you’re not perhaps as fit as you could be, and you’re lugging around close to 100kg and putting your body though a physical routine that it’s not really prepared for, looking after yourself is even more important.

Peter and Ray consume about 2000 calories while they’re actually on the bikes, generally in low-bulk, concentrated form, like gel. Hydration is an issue too. Even though temperatures have been quite cool, cyclists lose a lot of fluid, because sweat tends to evaporate quickly as the air flows over them – and so far they’ve averaged about 30km/h.

With 290km already under their belts, Griffin and Bobbin today face a 166km haul from Nyngan into Dubbo. Today’s ride is dedicated to Ray’s father, Jack, and to Jack’s mate, Neil Peadon. Peadon and Griffin Snr took part in the 1955 Bourke-to-Sydney road race in 1955, on which the 2010 Wheel Classic is modelled.

The aim of the Wheel Classic is to raise awareness of the Future2Foundation and the work it does in the community, and to raise money from the financial planning  community along the way. Donations and pledges have passed the $50,000 mark, on the way to the stated $100,000 target.

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The Future2 Wheel Classic is sponsored by BT Insurance, Matrix Planning Solutions and Telstra

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