BIKED OUT: The scenery along the bike trail provided Dan Graham with plenty of awe-inspiring views.
BIKED OUT: The scenery along the bike trail provided Dan Graham with plenty of awe-inspiring views. Contributed

Burnett bike record broken

FROM the Snowy Mountains to the Simpsons Desert, Dan Graham has peddled thousands of kilometres on his bike.

However, the avid long-distance rider's most recent endeavour lead him to the South Burnett region.

On the weekend Graham finished the Wulkuraka to Kilkivan trail in 16 hours and 45 minutes, setting a new north bound record and beating his mate Mike's time by an hour.

"I am a firm believer in that the more difficult things to acquire in life are the most rewarding,” Graham said.

"The ride is set on an old rail trail so it's where the train lines used to run and they have been taken up to make it re purposed for recreational use.”

Based in Brisbane with his wife and young family, Graham spends his weekends bike packing and trailing through new areas of the bush.

His love for the sport was born out of necessity as he rode off his car when he was at university and used his new wheels to transport himself around.

When he lived at Warwick, Graham started riding with the local cycling group the Redbacks and discovered he was better at longer distances than the short ones.

Since then Graham has raced across the country for years but has recently cut back and prefers riding for enjoyment these days.

Working as a high school science teacher during the week, Graham is also a guide for outdoor education programs.

"I'm always telling my students that you don't have to wait for a guide to organise something for you,” Graham said.

"Get whatever bike you've got, pick a route and just have a crack.”

"It's not about the gear, it's not about social media, turn that rubbish off and just be out there in nature and relax,” he said.

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