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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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Trail and rain


glad we aren’t riding to much of this

We left the camp at Te Aroha last. It’s become a habit. Usually we are very punctual and like to get going early but the relaxed and casual nature of Tour Aotearoa in general hasreally gotten the better of us. (hahahahahaha, such comedians - ed.)

We trucked on through to Matamata and arrived a good half hour before we intended so made good use of our advantage and ordered some coffee. Our good fortunes continued and out of the blue Eric’s sister appeared and provided a great deal of provisions which we immediately set upon (Thanks Rae!) After packing up the remnant we moved on - a bit of back road riding and highway cruising until we reached the Waikato River trails.

And then it rained. Not little gentle spotty rain. Proper rain. The trails became streams in their own right and we tested the rain gear. What success!

Just like that time Voldemort made a fashion faux pas and sat on his robe while riding

We saw bridges and dams and power stations and dams and bush and bridges and also dams. It was an awesome day.

In the end we rode some decent mountain bike trail and got to experience how good the short wheelbase of the Raleighs was on switchback corners:

'Switchback symphony no. 4'

After some hard technical climbs and descents, we arrived in Mangakino just in time for the supermarket, and, you'll be pleased to know, a few delicious burgers.

Vital stats:

Total Elevation gain: 1133 m

Distance: 124 km

Time spent on bikes: 6 hours 50 minutes

Max speed: 74.9 kph

Water: not enough

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John Tait
John Tait
27 de fev. de 2020

Hey lads. I'm late to the party but loving the blog. Top speed of 74.9km per hour?! I'm not sure a Raleigh 20 is supposed to go that quick?

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