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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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DAY 18

Today we rode from Ikamatua to Greymouth to Kumara to Cowboy Paradise to Lake Kaniere.

We had our standard breakfast. Uncle Tobys instant porridge and black coffee, only not very much of it, and then we rode 55 km to McDonalds in Greymouth for second breakfast. McDonalds breakfasts are great biking food. When you ride long days, even at our low intensity levels, you need to eat a lot of calories, and McDonalds breakfasts have a lot of calories. Especially when you have 2 large combos. Then add a large thick shake. And add 2 extra hash browns.

After a quick but important supermarket visit for snacks (running out of snacks can be fatal) we headed back to the river stopbank and rode the West Coast Wilderness Trail all the way to Lake Kaniere. This is a trail for everyone (like, actually). A trail worth riding. It is not technical or difficult, but is interesting from start to finish .. press the difficult to see arrows on the photos to scroll across for more photos!

At Lake Kaniere we stayed at our friends batch (thanks Tom!!), did our washing, and made ourselves a delicious meal of nachos, with creamed rice for dessert.

Key stats:

Elevation gain: 1097 m

Distance: 131 km

Time spent on bikes: 7 hours 21 minutes

Max speed: 66.2 kph

Calories burnt: 3571

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