From the South West Times 30 December 2010.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation has made a dream come true for Darren Stevens, granting him a $5500 wish for a new tandem bicycle.
A rare genetic disorder which causes deafness and blindness is far form Mr Stevens’ mind as he practices his passion for speed with the latest in tandem technology.
Mr Stevens has anticipated the arrival of his American hand-made Cannondale bicycle for months and despite being lent another tandem bike in the interim, it could not compare to the new model, according to Darren.
“It’s a lot faster and easier to ride,” he said.
“I just love riding – it’s awesome.”
The 19-year-old and his riding partner Gerald O’Sullivan have become a team to contend with on the riding circuit as they clock up kilometers and set their sights on the Busselton Half Ironman Triathlon.
The pair rode 330km within the first week of the bike’s arrival.
“Its is everything I had hoped for, it will definitely help my future riding – I’m a very happy cyclist,” Mr Stevens said.
And a ride to Dardanup to participate in a 16km time trial proved and impressive 35.5 kmh average speed.
“We were putting along pretty well,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
Mr Stevens knows just how to reward himself after such an effort.
“I have some cake and mocha and recharge,” he said.