Ride sets scene for mountain climb

CLIMBING the Aconcagua in South America should be no challenge for Jervois man Chris Barker after he rode more than 300 kilometres to Mildura in one day.

Mr Barker set out on a 12-hour bike ride on November 17 and achieved two milestones.

He said the ride was one of training he was undertaking to get ready to tackle Aconcagua - the largest mountain in the Andes and the southern hemisphere, reaching a 6982 metres high.

"I left at 12.10am and I made it to Mildura in 12 hours, five minutes and 59 seconds," he said.

He said the total distance of the journey was 333.94 kilometres and he averaged 27.6 kilometres per hour.

"At my age I'm happy with 27.6 kilometres per hour," he said.

"I achieved two milestones I've never achieved before - 300 kilometres and 200 miles."

Mr Barker said the trip went well, there were no risks and he received no injuries.

"My partner followed in the car and she had food and water," he said.

"I wouldn't have achieved it without her assistance."

Mr Barker said he had been training for the since mid-August, tackling other rides such as Mount Lofty and a 118-kilometre round trip to Meningie.

As well bike riding, his training regime also includes swimming and hiking.

Mr Barker sets out on his 21-day exhibition of climbing the Aconcagua on January 10.

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