84 year old Eric Hunter joins Global Cycling Adventures

Posted by: admin | Tuesday 22 May 2018 04:07 pm No Comments

Here at Global Cycling Adventures, we have the privilege meeting many interesting people from all walks of life and corners of the globe. Eric Hunter, from Sandy Bay and 84 years old is no exception!

Eric has been riding almost all his life. His first foray into competitive cycling was as a 19-year-old in the early 1950s when he represented England. His three years with the English team saw him compete in the multi-stage Tour of Ireland and the Isle of Man International Road Race. He was also a non-traveling reserve for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Later Eric took up running because it took up less time than cycling.

Eric’s career in the hospitality industry saw him migrate to New Zealand in 1964 accompanied by his cycling enthusiast wife, Maureen.

In 1983, Eric won the teams’ section in the first ever Coast-to-Cost and went on to complete the event a further ten times, gaining another first and two seconds. The last time he raced was about four years ago aged 79.

These days Eric keeps fit through cycling around 250km a week on his yellow Carrera road bike. He avoids the steep uphill climb from his home in Sandy Bay to the Summit Road. Instead, he prefers to drive over the hill to Princess Margaret Hospital and ride out from there with a couple of pals.

For the full article on Eric Hunter, visit: Former England cyclist and coast-to-coaster heading off to Budapest

Oberstdorf to Budapest – 13 Day Road Cycling Tour

While on tour with Global Cycling Adventures Eric will make his way along dedicated cycle-ways and by-ways through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. He’ll cycle around 100km per day with the option of cycling much lesser distances of 40km-60km and relaxing in the tour support vehicle to rest his legs if he wishes.

The riding terrain is mainly flattish and the bike paths are sealed and away from busy traffic.

Global Cycling Adventure’s 13-day Oberstdorf to Budapest tour offers a number of key highlights:

  • Neuschwanstein Castle situated on a hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace built by King Ludwig II. Possibly one of the world’s most photographed buildings.
  • Passau is a small German town on the Austrian border, known for its baroque architecture. With its unique charm and atmosphere, it’s one of the most beautiful towns on the Danube.
  • Cycling through beautiful landscapes along the Danube.
Eric Hunter - Global Cycling Adventures - Oberstdorf to Budapest 13 Day Road Cycling Tour

Eric Hunter (left) prepares for a training ride.

For more about Global Cycling Adventures’ Oberstdorf to Budapest 13 Day Road Cycling Tour click the link.