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*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 ..

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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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Food, glorious food: a good day

DAY 11

After having debated whether to push on to Apiti yesterday evening, and having had such a good experience at Rangiwahia, I’d convinced Jeremy and Dan that Apiti wouldn’t be anywhere near as good. And I was right, up until we came across the Apiti community hall .. 

thank you, June!

.. when June came out as we rode up, inviting us in for coffee and freshly made cheese scones.

And Apiti wins!

Then my parents turned up, and at the top of the day’s main climb, on the side of the gravel road, they put on lunch for us. We had fried chicken, pizza bread, fresh vegetables, watermelon, sticky cinnamon buns, and one of Canada’s greatest inventions, Nanaimo bar. Thank you, Mom and Dad!

From there, it was freshly graded sketchy gravel downhill which on a Raleigh 20 is like riding on marbles on banana skins on ice with grease on it, then onto tar seal, mainly descending all the way to Palmerston North. It was hot, but we had a bit of a tailwind so we made good time.

From there, we left Palmerston North and headed up over the Pahiatua Track (a side note, if any of the route organisers are reading this: we see what you did there by making us ride up Polson Hill, The Steepest Hill You Could Find, and then just sending us back down the other side to rejoin the route. What an inspired call, and hilarious, and in the early evening after having already ridden 100km, we had a good old laugh ha ha ha ha ha).

We finished up at Pahiatua Carnival Park, which we can thoroughly recommend (well priced, friendly, clean), where my parents, who had driven down while we biked around, spoiled us again, this time with Chinese takeaways. Parents: they're the best!

Todays stats:

131 km total distance

1490m total climbing

7:17 total riding time

3967 calories

78.5 kph max speed

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