Cyclist returns home on track to seize Guinness World Record title
Published: 11 February, 2018
Ben Woods returns home after completing a world record attempt by cycling around Australia in memory of his brother Jason, and in support of mental health and suicide prevention.
Sydney man, Ben Woods, returned home yesterday after an epic 20,000km bike ride across the four points of Australia in support of the Black Dog Institute.
The 34-year-old left Sydney in June last year to take on the Guinness World Records title in honour of his younger brother Jason, who he lost to suicide three years ago. Ben used the journey to raise funds and awareness for Black Dog’s mental health education programs, fundraising over $300,000.
During the ‘Ride for Jase’, Ben travelled to the most Northerly, Southerly, Easterly and Westerly points of the country as well as the middle of Australia – a distance more than four times the entire length of the Tour de France.
In the months leading up to his death, Jason often spoke about wanting to travel around Australia. Ben took on the challenge solo, carrying Jase’s ashes with him on the journey he couldn’t make.
The journey wasn’t without its setbacks, including undergoing shoulder surgery after an accident outside Brisbane 10 days into the ride.
Defying doctor’s expectations, Ben returned to the saddle just eight weeks after the crash, going on to ride up to 400km a day to make up precious time.
He’s now on track to seize the Guinness World Record title for the longest journey by bicycle in a single country – an honour he’ll claim pending the success of his evidence to Guinness World Records.
“It has been such a humbling experience to have done this not only for Jase but for all those who have supported us and for those who have gained something from this ride,” said Ben.
“The Guinness World Record title attempt is something to be proud of, but it belongs to so many. Especially my number one supporter, my wife Kat. I couldn’t have done this without her.
“Jason has been alive in my thoughts and my heart every pedal of the way, and I definitely felt his presence on this incredible journey.”
Covering approximately 150km a day for 6-8 hours on average, Ben was supported on his remarkable Ride for Jase by his wife Kat in a camper van.
You can still show your support for Ride for Jase by visiting the website www.rideforjase.org
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