Peter Heal’s Solo distance records in Australia

In 2009, Heal pedalled this bike from Fremantle to Sydney in 11 days, 17 hours and eight minutes, breaking the record for a solo and unsupported crossing of continent by more than two days.

In 2010, Heal covered around 15,000 kilometres on the same machine, cycling alone around Australia in 48 days, 23 hours and 37 minutes, again lowering the previous record by approximately two days. His daily average distance was about 305 km.

His VK2 Velokraft recumbent bike is now on display in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

 

Vale Douglas Mabey

Douglas mysteriously collided with a trailer on a training ride on 5th January 2013, apparently skidding across the centreline into a trailer being towed in the opposite direction. This was most uncharacteristic of a man who was such a skilled cyclist and known for promoting safe cycling.

He was a stalwart of Kiwi Randonneurs and an active organiser and two times Paris-Brest-Paris ancien.

Douglas was actively involved in Kiwi Randonneurs since 2007 when he first completed PBP. He was the longest serving member and a great advocate of randonneuring in New Zealand. Riding with Doug we all remember our friend who mentored, encouraged and ensured the safety & enjoyment of us all.

Douglas also contributed greatly to cycling in Wellington, organising the Featherston Fun Ride and as a long serving committee member of the Wellington Masters Cycling Club.

Our condolences to Kay and family.

We have lost a wonderful friend and endurance riding legend.

Eulogy by Derek Locke

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