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DBR does IPWR

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Ultra-Endurance cycling is expensive, and I need help to make it to Australia for the 2018 edition of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race: a solo, single-stage, unsupported, 5500km road cycling race which starts at the Indian Ocean near Perth and will finish at the Pacific Ocean in Sydney, on the steps of the Opera House.

I've been able to self fund (or debt finance) my first three ultras, all of which I have finished: Steens Mazama 1000, July 2016, in 7d 23h 25m; The Race on Route 66, October 2016, in 21d 16h 30m*; and the TransAm Bike Race, June 2017, in 31d 23h 49m. There is nothing financially responsible about me wanting to do this race, but somehow that hasn't been enough to talk myself out of it.

I'm fairly morally conflicted about asking for money to fuck off from work, responsibility, and normal life in general to go ride my bike for a while, and I'm loath to wax poetic about non-commercially-supported amateur athletics or whatever.

Racing tends to end up costing about $1 a mile, mostly for food and the occasional bed / shower. This race, in addition, will require travel to and from a different continent for my bike and I.

I'm never going to ask people in person for donations, and I'm preemptively humbled at any that are made. Thank you for reading this far, and for your support- be it monetary or otherwise.

Cheers,

-dbr
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I'll be boarding a plane in about 24 hours to go to Australia. Well, technically the first plane only goes to LAX, but eventually I'll get to Aus. Massive thanks to all of you for helping make this happen- I don't really have words to express the full extent of my gratitude.

I expect to be shitposting to Instagram Stories again, with pretty pictures going on the main feed (and likely shared here.) The stories are going to be the best way to follow my minute to minute state of mind / lack thereof. My username is @Barstow, if you're not already following and want to (or are, and don't). This is where the video of you name being yelled at a kangaroo will end up.

The actual dot tracking will be at https://indianpacificwheelrace2018.maprogress.com
Bear in mind that despite the title of the tracking page, according to my travel insurance provider and the Government of Australia this is #notarace. I do have my tracker on in the bike box, so if you watch closely you'll see my dot head to Australia tomorrow, assuming it gets GPS signal in the cargo hold.
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The news broke yesterday that, for presumed legal reasons, the Race has officially been cancelled. Since I already have flights to and from Australia, my plans remain unchanged by this news- except that I might bring a better camera.

It turns out that the sort of people who sign up for these things tend to be quite stubborn, so it seems that the same outfit who did tracking last year will do so this year- so there will still be dots to watch. I'll send the link when the time comes.

In the meantime, thanks so incredibly much to everyone who has donated. This endeavor would not have been feasible without your support.
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Flights both to and from Australia are booked. Thanks sincerely to everyone who helped make this possible- I will about your names at a kangaroo at some point on the journey.
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