Ryko's Ride & Exhibition - May/June 2014
Michele Adler, son James Adler, cousin Wendy Schwedes, Ian Temby and Ian Dunn rode from Tennant Creek to Parliment House in Darwin in May-June 2014 (1000 km) to celebrate Michele's grand-father, Ted Ryko’s, epic achievement 100 years earlier (3000 km). It was a great “Tuni-oppority” to celebrate the centenary of Ted’s record ride of 1914.
Supported by back-up crew of Jeanne Dunn, Alwyn Ryan and Rod McMillan, the riders got into Darwin at 12.07 pm on 11 June 2014, exactly 100 years to the minute after Ted. There, the riders were enthusiastically welcomed by the Mayor of Darwin, Ms Fong Lim, friends and many extended family members.
After the media throng calmed down, it was over to Government House for afternoon tea with the Administrator, Her Honour The Honourable Sally Thomas AC, who congratulated the riders and pointed out the important contribution that Ted Ryko had made to NT life.
Later, at the Northern Territory Library an exhibition of Ted Ryko's life (including many of his photographs) was opened by Michele. The creative and informative exhibition was developed by Mickey Dewar and the team at the NT Library (thanks!). Howard Pohlmer, Ted's second cousin, launched an excellent little book that he had written on the life and times of Ted.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip with thanks to many folk, including the Dunlop tyre company, who supported both Ted (in 1914) and the re-riders (in 2014), the folk of Tennant Creek (where a cycle track is named after Ted) for their wonderful send-off, the welcome by the Mayor of Katherine and the encouragement of many peop
le along the way. It was a great trip!
This is no “Square Dinkum Rumour” (quote: Ted Ryko).