Kath at the Alice Springs turn-off on Stuart Hwy in 2011.
Kath at the Alice Springs turn-off on Stuart Hwy in 2011. Contributed

Kath McPhail to ride from Hobart to Alice Springs on postie

NOT frightened of a challenge, Yeppoon's Kath McPhail is getting ready to compete in the 12th annual Postie Bike Challenge that will take her across rugged terrain from Hobart to Alice Springs.

Kath said the 2013 challenge will see 52 riders from Australia, New Zealand, and the UK aged from 19-72 tough it out to raise funds for Rotary.

The riders will leave Hobart to ride over the icy Tasmanian highlands, sail across the Tasman, plough the Little Dessert National Park of Western Victoria, bump over dirt tracks and creek crossings of the Flinders Ranges before tackling the Oodnadatta track to finish in Alice Springs.

Having only learnt to ride a motorbike three years ago, Kath said she has been her husband's pillion passenger for years and decided it was time to go it alone.

"I saw an advertisement about the 2011 Postie Challenge in a magazine and thought it would be fun to be involved," Kath said.

"I worked out for four months before the event to ensure I had the stamina for the 10-day ride.

"There was an amazing sense of satisfaction at the end of the ride to see what we have achieved.

"Kath said while her family think she might be losing the plot wanting to do it again, they have all been very supportive.

"My husband has helped with my training by coming out on rides across rough terrain in the area," Kath said.

"I did have a few spills last time so I have been practising riding on sand and slippery surfaces.

"Kath said a lot of the smaller communities where the group camp don't have a great capacity to fundraise so it is great to help them out along the way.

"It is nice to be able to be involved in an event that is challenging while helping others in the process," Kath said.

Since 2002 adventurous motorcyclists from all walks of life leave behind their everyday lives to take part in the Postie Bike Challenge, to ride 3500-4500 km through some of Australia's most spectacular country.

Originally a one-off event to prove that small motorcycles could travel long distances on bitumen and dirt roads, the Postie Bike Challenge has grown developed a life of its own through the enthusiasm of motorcycles riders from all over the world.

There is a special feeling of generosity and community support. associated with the Postie Bike Challenge.

Entry fees are injected directly into local community groups along the route and through donation of the motorcycles for auction and fundraising purposes.

Rotary has been selected as the benefactor for the donation of all the bikes to be auctioned at the end of the event.