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Wedemann to Bike Around Island on Sunday

Ironman, Joe Wedemann, to bike 215 miles on Sunday
Ironman, Joe Wedemann, to bike 215 miles on Sunday

     Firefighter, Joe Wedemann, is looking to celebrate Father’s Day in a special way, with a bike ride around the island.

    “This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a few years now,” Wedemann said of his desire to bike 215 miles around the island in a single day.

   Wedemann plans on starting his adventure at 3 a.m. Sunday morning from Hilo Bayfront.  “I have a friend, Adam Busek, that is planning to ride with me for the first half, and then Mike Brown is going to ride from Kona back to Hilo with me,” Wedemann said.

   “We’ll be with headlights for the first two plus hours until the sun comes up, and the idea is to make it back to Hilo before sundown, around 7:20 p.m.,” he said.

    The course that Wedemann will follow heads up to Volcano first and works its way around South Point.  Wedemann will then ride up to Holualoa using the high road to Waimea before heading back to Hilo along the Hamakua Coast.

   “If we average 15 MPH and have limited breaks, theoretically it is possible,” Wedemann said of making it back home by sunset. 

   “My friend Adam (Busek) says it’s not a race, it’s a stunt.  Either way, bragging rights would be pretty cool!”


June 18, 2009 - Posted by | Events, Health and Fitness | , ,


  1. What a great way to celebrate Father’s Day! You’ll see so much more of the natural beauty of the island; it’s magical colors, fragrance, and sounds from your bicycle than you could ever see driving in your car.
    Some were meant to lead, others to follow. Joe is a natural leader. Have a fantastic ride around the island!

    Comment by Dr. David | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is exactly the type of adventure we on the Big Island should be promoting: Fitness Tourism.
    All the CDPs promote hiking and cycling trails: ;lets work on various “around the island” cycling adventures to help promote “Green tourism”. In the South Kohala CDP we encouraged establishing various trails among our various communities. In particular I want to see one from the resort hotels to Kawaihae to Waimea on the Kohala Mountain Road, then along Mamalahoa Highway to the Waikoloa turn-off and back to the resorts.

    Comment by Margaret Wille | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. I can’t wait to find out how the ride around the island went.

    Comment by Lance Ibrahim | June 30, 2009 | Reply

    • Joe completed his island bike quest. I will write a detailed account of his adventure when I return from Okinawa next week.

      Comment by waynejoseph | June 30, 2009 | Reply

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