Distance 4 Dementia rider Nicholas Tremaine, from Kangaroo Island off the South Australian coast, has crossed Australia, finishing his epic coast-to-coast ride in Sydney on Sunday, July 17. Nicholas rode 7615 kilometres from Perth to Sydney to raise awareness about dementia, so far raising $12,000 for Dementia Australia. He documented every pedal of his journey on his Facebook page, "Distance for Dementia". "It's exciting to be finished but I'm still realising that it's over," Mr Tremaine said. "It was physically demanding on my body and I lost 10 kilograms. "I notice I have lost muscle mass and that's what made it harder toward the end. "It's been mentally tough but also mentally rewarding. All of it has been tough but also rewarding. "But you don't something being rewarding without being tough." "It's been completely worth it." The fundraising is not over as the day after he gets back to Kangaroo Island, he plans to shave his head and beard with the funds raised to go to his overall tally for Dementia Australia. Journey stats: The last few days heading out of Victoria into NSW and the South Coast were the hardest of the ride. Day 40 from Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota was mentally tough, but lots of positive messages on Mr Tremain's Facebook made a big difference, he said. The support was so good it helped him complete the most physically challenging section of the ride, from Mallacoota in Victoria, into NSW and to Narooma on the South Coast. "I can't thank people enough for their support they have been sending me in messages," he said. "That helped a lot." His final stretch from Huskisson on the South Coast to Sydney was made all the more tougher when he dropped his bike, breaking the gears. This meant he had to finish the final hills in high gear. Mr Tremain was interviewed by ACM along his epic journey. He said he was inspired to do the trip after watching friends go on "bikepacking" trips. "The cycling idea sparked during COVID," he said. "I saw a few friends going off doing bikepacking trips, and I've always enjoyed cycling - I thought it would be a fun thing to do. "As much as I'd love to do something like this overseas, I thought I should practice in Australia first. I was at tennis one day when someone suggested I should do it for charity." IN OTHER NEWS: Mr Tremain's mother was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, and was moved into full-time care last year. "Before being diagnosed, my mother was a very active member of the community, volunteering for many community groups and putting up her hand where needed to get any job done," Mr Tremaine said on his Facebook Page. "I'm doing this for people living with dementia, the families who take care of them, and the medical staff who work in homes and hospitals to take care of people." Now his trip is all over, Mr Tremain plans to returning to Kangaroo Island to take it easy for a few weeks to let his body recuperate. He has the dream of attending the Tour de France next year as a spectator, but so he can ride sections of that prestigious race.