JEREMY AND ERIC RIDE 
TOUR AOTEAROA*

*on Raleigh 20s.
A Raleigh Rally, if you will.

because why wouldn't you? New Zealand is so little and Raleigh 20's are known for their all terrain capability, their craftsmanship and their copious amount of luggage carrying capacity ..

 

ABOUT US

We’re two friends who have worked together and ridden mountain bikes together for a number of years.

Without any particular experience in endurance events or very much forethought, with a relaxed training regime and a lot of optimism, we’re riding the Tour Aotearoa on our Raleigh 20 bicycles.
But aren’t they kids bikes, you ask? Well, umm .. who knows, really. (We'll keep you posted ..!)

​Starting at Cape Reinga at 7am on 17 Feb, we aim to make our way 3000km all the way south to Bluff without breaking down emotionally, physically, or mechanically. (We're on the road now, you can track where we are here!)

We’re raising money for Christchurch City Mission, a charity that does incredible work for underprivileged people in Christchurch. If you’d like to support us and make our insanity worthwhile, please give generously to City Mission here.

Thanks to those who have helped make this possible- our families for tolerating our silliness, Bevan at Frontal Lobe for helping with set up, our employers for allowing us time off but who probably won’t miss us, and you, for reading this blog.

 
 
 
 
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A late start

DAY 10


Last night we discussed what time we should leave in the morning. We usually do this when we have somewhere to be by some time (like 100 and something odd km down the road by bed time). Usually the others agree on something ridiculous like 7 am which I usually manage to make more realistic by just staying in bed. But last night they suggested a very sensible 10 am. So we put a couple of loads of washing on and went to bed.


In the morning the washing went into the dryer, our wonderful hosts cooked us bacon and eggs and made us coffee, and we sat around not really wanting to start. 10 am came and went ..


After a few hours, we had to start. And so we left just on 12 noon. And it was hot. Apparently the day is hottest just after 12 - who knew? And there were a bunch more hills (we still aren’t really used to hills). And sometimes we had a tail wind that travelled at exactly the same speed as us so there was no cooling breeze.

On the road around Hunterville


the mighty Turakina. too late for a much needed swim tho :(
The knobbly

But it was another great day. We had pies and fried chicken for lunch in Hunterville, then took a wrong turn and had to backtrack after climbing another hill. We wore out a Warehouse tyre (after 2 days riding on it) and got to fit the knobbly to Eric’s bike (who now has to try control large amounts of oversteer due to the high traction at the front and his huge power output ..)


We rode on and as the sun set we chanced upon some other riders who had set up camp at Rangiwahia Community Hall where for a $5 donation into a hole in a wall you can access water, a sheltered porch, and the cleanest public toilets you ever saw. Brilliant!


sunsets - always a visual gift
an idyllic morning coffee at the hall





Key Stats:

Total Elevation gain: 1446 m

Distance: 93 km

Time spent on bikes: 5 hours 33 minutes

Max speed: 72.4 kph

Calories burnt: 3135

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