70 year Goolwa resident, Chris Herraman, recently completed riding 100,000 kilometres on his bicycle over the last four and a half years. In doing so he travelled the equivalent of two and half times around the world and each of his wheels rotated 46.8 million times.
Chris took up cycling in Adelaide and, unfortunately, the driver of a parked car opened his car door and Chris slammed into it when he was 16 years old. Being a Port supporter, he picked himself up, brushed himself off and went on his way. In time, he gave up cycling and later took up marathon running.
Chris came to Goolwa with his wife Bronwyn and he started riding with Goolwa and District Bicycle User Group Inc (GADBUG) using a basic road bike. One could say he followed the advice of the legendary professional cyclist, Eddy Merckx, who said “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” After 3 years Chris did upgrade to a new bike to match his usage and he has been going up the grades of the Southern Fleurieu hills even better ever since. Many local road users may not know Chris by name but they surely would know him by his distinctive riding style as he cycles day after day on the open roads in all sorts of weather.
At a recent lunch organised as part of the GADBUG 10 th anniversary year celebrations this year, Chairperson, Peter Crossman, presented Chris with a certificate as being the first to ride 100,000 kilometres whilst a member. Peter said this week, “GADBUG members are aged from their 40s to their 80s, ride safely and to suit all abilities from the sedate to the swift, encourage new riders, and have good social times. When they first started, many would not have believed the things they have been able to do. Chris has shown us what can be done be it large or small. Members of GADBUG congratulate Chris on his achievement.”
Chris Herraman will still need to be in training in the coming months to take part in the 2019 Tour Down Under Challenge from Glenelg to Strathalbyn which has starts from Glenelg, Myponga, Victor Harbor or Goolwa for cyclists of all capabilities. He and other members of GADBUG would welcome new cyclists to ride and train with them to stretch their capabilities and reach their dreams.