Image credit Glow Worm Bicycles
A cross continent electric bicycle ride is powering into Canberra and you have a chance to meet the riders.
On Monday September 9 at the ANU Recyclery, Maurice, Abraham and Wai Won Ching will be holding an information evening all about touring by electric bicycle and on using electric bicycles in Canberra.
The trio started out in Perth on August 3 and will have ridden their eZee electric bicycles over 5,000km by the time they arrive in Canberra. The unsupported ride has become the first to cross the Nullarbor Plain on electric bicycles, travelling up to 200km per day before recharging at roadhouses.
Maurice, born in Canberra and Abraham, both 29 years old, run Glow Worm Bicycles in Sydney, a bike shop supplying electric bicycles throughout Australia. Both are 2007 graduates of the renewable energy engineering program at UNSW and submitted their honours thesis on electric bicycle technology.
Maurice took the first electric bicycle to the northern tip of the mainland Australia on a 4,500km ride from Cape York to Sydney last year.
Wai Won Ching, 63 years old and a Singaporean national, is the CEO of eZeebike which has been exporting electric bicycles to Western markets for the past 12 years. Wai Won has travelled from Shanghai for this ride, which he says is 'the longest holiday he has taken in his life'. He has previously ridden his products the entire length of the Silk Road and on a 3,000km off road adventure in Africa.
Canberrans are invited to an informal event to meet the group and their bikes, hear a short presentation on their trip so far, with plenty of time left for questions and open discussion on touring by electric bicycle or about electric bicycles in general. Test rides will be available after the event.
Where: ANU Recyclery Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Cr, ACTON, ANU
When: Monday September 9 from 6pm. It is not a problem to arrive late or leave early.
Contact: Maurice Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0433 622 640. Email is preferred.