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We’re not kidding: Cyclists draw a goat with 200km ride

Goat ride - Strava screenshot
Team Fight Club rode 202km in a day to create this image across Perth's suburbs. Photo: Ben Jones/ABC
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A cycling group has caused a stir online after completing a 202-kilometre ride across Perth, mapping a picture of a goat.

Ben Jones, one of four members of the amateur cycling team Fight Club, told ABC Radio Perth it took eight hours to complete.

He said it was just a fun way to spend a Sunday.

“In Perth, everyone rides their bikes around the river and around the hills which are great places to ride, but it’s interesting to do something a bit different.”

But why a goat?

“Goats are badass and they’re an easy animal to draw in profile,” Mr Jones said.

The team’s progress was mapped using Strava, a social media app for cyclists and runners which tracks your progress and then shares the results online.

Strava art — the practice of making a drawing in the course of a ride — has been around for a few years.

Creating the goat

Mr Jones said he planned the route carefully.

The team started in Leederville, Perth’s inner-city suburb known for its cafes and popularity with both cyclists and hipsters.

“There is a joke going around among people who have seen it online that it makes sense that the beard of the goat is in Leederville,” Mr Jones said.

Goat Ride
Ben Jones (right) and the Fight Club team on the eight-hour goat ride. Photo: Ben Jones/ABC

The route then took the riders north, east to the Perth hills and then across the river to the southern suburbs.

“It comes up through Osborne Park for the head, the eye is in Noranda, horns in Mirrabooka, and then it goes through the north-eastern suburbs,” Mr Jones explained.

“The tail is in Swan View, some hooves in Kalamunda and the other hooves in Kensington and Victoria Park.”

Online hit

After sharing the image on Sunday night, it has had an enthusiastic response from cyclists internationally.

“People love it,” Mr Jones said.

“I think it’s just that people like something a bit different.”

The team has also been asked what their next piece of ride art will be.

“There is talk of doing a quokka or a numbat or some other iconic West Australian animal,” Mr Jones said.

Tackling the goat before the kid

But their next adventure won’t happen next weekend.

“Part of the reason we actually did this now is that my partner is nine months’ pregnant, she’s due in about four days,” Mr Jones said.

“It was something fun to do before I have a kid — geddit?”

In the meantime, the goat ride route is available online for anyone to replicate.

“It’s about 202 kilometres, so not for the faint-hearted, but anyone can do it,” Mr Jones said.

“We are hoping that a few other people will have a crack at it and, in the spirit of Strava, try and do it faster than we did it.”


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