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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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We don’t talk much about day 8 ..

First rule of day 8: don't talk about day 8.

.. but here are some photos!

a tree, early in the day after we had warmed up from near freezing to death but before we stopped noticing random trees

Photo checkpoint: Ongarue spiral

They were once all young together - it was a good vintage

Just a photo of a road somewhere between Taumarunui and Whakahoro

geological features! woo!

so much road. it was everywhere we looked. but we would miss it the next day ..

Todays stats:

Distance: 123 km

Elevation: 1630 m

Time on bike: 8 hr 16 min

Max speed: 54.4 km/ h

Calories: 4214

Mechanical issues: 2

Temp: Too cold and too hot

Arrival time: too late

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