In sporting talk, the acronym G.O.A.T stands for “greatest of all time.”
And that description seems quite fitting for this epic mapping effort from a bunch of Perth cyclists, who rode for seven hours across more than 200 kilometres to produce their very own goat track.
Group member Ben Jones spoke to Radio 6PR’s Breakfast program about what can only be described as a unique undertaking.
“Perth’s a great city to ride a bike around but a lot of the time people just ride around the river or up into the hills – we decided something a bit more interesting, so the goat was born,” he said.
“Goats are pretty interesting animals but they are also pretty easy animals to draw in profile. I’m not the greatest artist.”
If doing a bloody big bog lap around Perth in a peculiar shape of a goat seems tricky, Mr Jones says it might not be as hard as it sounds.
And technology is helpful.
“The app a lot of cyclists and runners use is called Strava – and it lets you map out rides or runs,” he said.
“so it’s like a dot to dot painting when you were a kid. You put down all the puts and then fill it in.
“I think we were riding for seven hours, which is a bloody long time, lot of doubling back on little bits to make sure it looked good.
“People think it’s pretty funny and apt that the beard is in Leederville and then you go up through the Osborne Park for the head.
“The horns and the rest of the head are Mirrabooka and Balga way, Swan Valley that’s the tail, Kalamunda is the hooves…then we double back up over the airport and down into Vic Park and Kensington way and that’s the rest of the hooves and then we go back into Leederville.”
Mr Jones reckons he and his colleagues can ride out pretty much any shape, provided someone supplies the dots for them. But impending fatherhood might put a sequel on hold for now.
“Being in Perth, we were thinking maybe a numbat or a quokka [for the next one],” he said.
“But part of the reasons we did this is my beautiful partner is nine months pregnant. We’ve been talking about doing a kid – a smaller goat.”