James Patten and Kenji Shimizu will ride from the Gold Coast to Airlie Beach to raise funds for the Movember foundation. Picture: Celeste Humphrey
James Patten and Kenji Shimizu will ride from the Gold Coast to Airlie Beach to raise funds for the Movember foundation. Picture: Celeste Humphrey

Pair will power 1200km to Airlie Beach on unlikely steed

TWO Gold Coast men are about to embark on a 1200-kilometre journey atop electric scooters in a bid to raise funds for men's mental health.

Crooze Electric owner James Patten and his colleague Kenji Shimizu will head north from Gold Cost to Airlie Beach next week in what could be the longest electric scooter ride in the world.

Their electric scooter of choice, a dual-motor drive Zero 10X, will allow them to travel 70 kilometres with every charge.

The pair is scheduled to arrive in the Whitsundays 10 days later, about September 9 weather permitting.

Mr Patten said his electric-fuelled endeavour was born after several other races in the state were cancelled because of coronavirus.

 

 

However, there is also a personal story behind his journey as all funds raised will be donated to the Movember foundation.

"That comes from personal history and some events that happened in my family this year," he said.

"I think as men we may have been conditioned in a way that it's okay to feel sad and angry, but we don't necessarily realise what the signs of depression or mental health look like and so we tough it out.

"Since I started this, the amount of men my age and younger who have contacted me and said 'Good job, I really want to support you and by the way, I went through this as well in silence and I didn't tell anyone'."

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The pair will ride about five hours a day and despite the fact the scooter will do most of the work, Mr Patten had some reservations.

"I did a training ride, which was about an hour and a half, and came off pretty sore so I'm not sure how I'm going to go after five hours," he said.

However, he hoped the visions of the sunny Whitsundays would keep him powering toward the finish line.

"If you're going to spend 10 days on a scooter, where you want to finish is somewhere you can kick back and relax and say 'Well, at least I finished in paradise'."

To donate to the electric scooter ride, click here.


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