A memorable cycle
Dear generous sponsors,
A very big thank you to all who generously donated for this event. You have helped me to achieve my target for Tearfund and provided me with the motivation to persevere through some of the more challenging days on the road – of which there were one or two! But, apart from the odd cyclist getting a minor scrape, the good news is that there were no serious injuries amongst the 160 on the tour.
The TONZ website has extensive coverage of the event, but I thought I’d also include this short update with a few photos to give you a flavour of the experience. I had also planned to track my ride on Strava, however the thunderstorms on day 3 decided otherwise, with my cell phone giving up the ghost after a good soaking. However I have attached a photo of the ride map to give you an idea of the itinerary.
The beauty and variety of the scenery was at times breath-taking and we felt privileged to be able experience all this while the rest of the world is still in various lockdowns. Every day had its own magic and we were able to discover some of the lesser known parts of New Zealand and cycle over this country’s highest road pass, an added bonus. We also experienced all four seasons during the week, some together in one day, which made the decision what to wear each morning quite a challenge. However, this was made easier by the great support from our volunteers, amongst them Debby who was our support driver and general carer, providing dry clothes and sustenance at the end of each day’s ride.
The cycling wasn’t all heads down/tails up. We also had the opportunity to do a little sightseeing, including Franz Joseph glacier, the trans Alpine rail crossing and of course the Picton-Wellington ferry through the Sounds. After the Criterium sprint races around Parliament, prize-giving was held in the Great Hall within the Parliament buildings, also a privilege. But it does help when the Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard is a fellow cyclist! As one of 3 over 70 year olds on the tour, I did in fact win a prize, but I won’t be framing it!
So, back home again now recovering , with my bike in several pieces until I get around to rebuilding it again. I am not sure if I will be up for the next tour in 2 years, but I said that last time too…..
So, a big thanks again to all those who kindly sponsored me – and to those who haven’t got around to it yet, there is still time, as the website will stay open for a few more days.
All the best
Dear Friends and Relations,
I'm one of the (very) few septuagenarians cycling in the Tour of New Zealand this year (April 10-17) and I will be supporting Tearfund.
My legs will spin around 800,000 times over the seven days of the Tour. According to the US State Department- that’s the number of people trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and 50% are children.
This will hurt, but the pain is incomparable to the pain inflicted on innocent kids. Locked up and raped many times a day.
Every one of my pedal strokes is for them. Please support my ride for freedom and help make our world a safer place by supporting Tearfund’s work to prevent, rescue and restore broken lives.
Thank you for donating to this important cause.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Jim & Clare Williams
Swee Aik Lee
Fergy And Phil
Juliet And Andrew Park
Alistair And Adrienne Cran Calder
Geoff And Cilla Parker
Mary Louise Kearney
D, B, C & O
Linley Downey And Bruce Mellor