Streaky Bay’s Rod Keogh is gearing up to fulfill a longtime dream of competing in the Tatts Finke Desert Race, in an effort to help mentor youngsters entering motocross.
Mr Keogh is one of hundreds of entrants who will take part in the annual Desert Race in June, which will see people on bikes and cars and buggies disappear through varied terrain from Alice Springs to the small community of Poputules (Finke). two days.
Mr Keogh is one of two newcomers to the Eyre Peninsula, along with Callam Hebberman from Poochera, and for him it has been a long-term goal time to get into the race, with the aim of finishing as high as possible.
“It’s been a dream for a long time, but I’ve never been financially or mentally able to do it,” Mr Keogh said.
Mr Keogh said when he worked as a saturation diver the risk of injury meant there was a lot to lose, which led him to give up motocross for a while.
However last year he had raced in the Eyre Peninsula and State, and was driving 50-100km a week in preparation for the Finke race.
He said he bought a bike for the race and will be heading to Northern Territory for Finke’s prologue in May.
“I’m preparing to the best of my ability for 42,” he said.
“I’m fired up, there’s been a lot of support around me and I’ve picked up a few sponsors as well. »
I’m preparing to the best of my ability at 42
Mr Keogh local businesses including Baird Bay Charters and Streaky Bay Landscaping have backed him up and West Coast post training have also helped lead the way up to the race.
In addition to acheiving a lifelong dream, Mr. Keogh is also raising funds to go toward a mentorship program to help kids get into motocross themselves.
Mr. Keogh aims to raise about $30,000 to buy bikes to go towards ‘Mentoring Through Motocross.’
“For us, it’s a massive achievement to come into an event like this, but I also want to give back too,” he said.
“We’ll buy bikes for the kids, take them to race meets and let them ride but also provide them with the tools to pursue motocross. »
Mr Keogh anyone who wants to donate to the cause can get in touch with him at EP Cruises on 0428 365 611 or email [email protected]