A NEAR fatal motorbike accident which cost road cyclist Gerry Tatrai his spleen and a kidney put the now Australian 24-hour mountain bike record holder on an incredible path of self discovery, which has lead him to Warren today as the official Australia Day ambassador.
Tatria currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest Australian transcontinental ride - five days, 19 hours and 12 minutes, set while unofficially racing solar cars from Darwin to Adelaide.
He is also the Australian 24-hour mountain bike record holder having clocked up 464 kilometres at 5.8 kilometres of elevation, and has multiple race wins in the US.
Outside his sporting endeavors Tatria has been a constant supporter of the Australian Kidney Foundation and has completed several fundraising rides for the organisation across France.
Tatria is also a patron of EYECYCLE, a non-for-profit group which provides recreational opportunities for visually impaired people, and co-founded the Sunrice Cycle for Sight Tandem (bike) Challenge in 1999 for Retina Australia.
He will be there among the festivities on Saturday at the Australia Day ceremony and awards presentation at the Warren Sporting & Cultural Complex, Victoria Park getting under way with a free barbecue breakfast at 8am.