Two marathons a day for six months - David's trek around Oz
WHEN David Alley leaves Oakes Oval in Lismore on April 19 he will attempt to become the first person to have cycled and run around Australia.
At an average rate of 62km a day, he will go through 20 pairs of shoes, listen to more than 500 songs and eat the equivalent combined meals of four support crew.
The 38-year-old father will aim to complete the journey in 178 days, and cover a total of 14,200km.
That means Alley will be required to run almost two marathons each day for six months.
Alley will have an average of four people in his support crew, including his father, and two support vehicles.
"The crew is really the backbone," Alley said.
"There are always issues with the support crew and that is where the breakdowns can occur.
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"We need $100,000 to get around the country. Just the fuel for the support vehicles will cost $10,000."
The former Alstonville resident has been covering 200-300km a week while training and will taper down to rest one week before he starts the epic journey.
"I feel like I am ready and I just want to get it underway," he said.
Alley is no novice when it comes to taking on one of the harshest continents in the world. He set a world record by cycling around Australia in 37 days despite battling temperatures up to 47 degrees.
"When we hit the Nullabor we hit a headwind that dropped my speed from 30km to 9km per hour," he said.
"Fatigue was a huge issue and I was losing time rapidly."
Alley, who now lives in Brisbane, hopes to raise $100,000 for the White Cloud Foundation, which combats depression in Australia.