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Fundraiser goes to Oz on antique
12/10/2004 Press Association Handout of Lloyd Scott preparing for his latest gruelling challenge - cycling 2,700 miles across Australia on a Penny Farthing,
Lloyd Scott will cycle for about eight hours a day
After completing marathons in a deep-sea diving suit, a charity fundraiser is moving on to his next challenge - cycling Australia on a Penny Farthing.

On Wednesday Lloyd Scott, 42, will begin the 2,700-mile journey from Perth across the Outback to Sydney.

Wearing tweeds, a deerstalker hat and a fake moustache, the man from Rainham in Essex, expects it to take six weeks.

The journey across mountain ranges and desert plains aims to raise 1.5m for the charity Children With Leukaemia.

Mr Scott, a father of three who had the disease himself in the 1980s, will only be able to cycle between 10 and 15 miles per hour and will face temperatures of up to 40C (104F).

Cycling history

Other hazards include the Australian wildlife and the "roadtrains" - huge lorries which hurtle along roads in the Outback.

The former footballer has had special training to learn how to ride the gearless original Penny Farthing, which dates from 1885 and was bought from America for 3,000.

Mr Scott, who starts the adventure on his 43rd birthday, said he was excited about the ride but was not assuming he would succeed.

"If you know that you can do something it's not much of a challenge," he said.

Last continent

"There has to be that element of the unknown, a certain amount of fear and apprehension that give you that challenge and satisfaction when you complete it."

He will be accompanied by his 68-year-old father, his brother, 27, a physiotherapist and a representative from the charity.

Mr Scott, who said he chose the traditional costume to look the part while riding the antique bike, will cycle for about eight hours a day and sleep in a mobile home.

Australasia is the only continent where he has not yet completed a fundraising project.

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