Tony Bradley

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

Tony ??

Tearfund

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.

Best Wishes

Tony

Thank you to my Sponsors

$400

Jim & Clare Williams

Tony can peel an orange in his pocket while riding a bike

$174.72

Swee Aik Lee

Hope you're enjoying it like last time and just keep spinning them pedals for a good cause!

$156

Dave Adams

Go Tony!

$124.80

Tony Bradley

$120

Prescience Ltd

Go Tony! We're right behind you. Hope the support team is A1 too!!

$120

Judi Ferguson

I'm torn between feeling full of admiration and thinking you are nuts. Go well

$120

Anonymous

Do you have a hobby?

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Fergy And Phil

Well done you nutter!!!!

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Lazarus Carole

sounds like an awful lot of cycling. hope you can recuperate well

$104

Juliet And Andrew Park

Good luck from God’s own county. Shame we can’t join you this time. xxxx

$104

Niamh Mcmahon

Go Tony!

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Sylvia Barnes

GOOD LUCK TONY

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Alistair And Adrienne Cran Calder

Thank you dear Tony for these great works. Now you have submitted Mt Ventoux (1912m), the Tour de Aotearoa will feel quite smooth.

$83.20

Finn Bradley

Go Grandad!

$52

Annette Wright

You are a rare breed indeed Tony helping those that cant help themselves. Good well and stay safe.

$52

Robyn Macleod

$52

Rosemary Gormack

Impressive effort Tony!!

$52

Ben Bradley

good luck!

$52

Stanley Armon

Good Luck - what a great effort!

$52

Lyn Ferguson

Good luck and a fair wind

$52

Gail Hofmann

Congratulations Tony - a great cause and a great ride.

$52

Geoff And Cilla Parker

Good luck Tony! All for a good cause. Uncle Geoff & Aunty Cilla xxxxxx

$52

Chris Parker

Go Tony! Would love to be riding alongside to support you (from the comfort of my motorbike!)

$52

Rosemary Dayman

$52

Mary Louise Kearney

A noble effort

$52

Alison Priaulx

Go for it Tony!

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D, B, C & O

Good luck tony! We will be cheering you on.

$50

Ellie Fijn

Go you young thing!

$50

Linley Downey And Bruce Mellor

Go for it our septuagenarian Awhitu friend ?

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Cristina Rotondo

Good Luck Tony!!!!! From Spain with love!!!

$50

Tony Thomas

keep peddling

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Neila Abeynaike

All the best as you support this good cause

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Brian & Maree Coaford

Your a machine Tony, very impressive