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Cycling for Wheels for Nathan

  • Thankyou Everyone

      13 March 2022

    The Givealittle page closes tonight

    Nick, Josh, Nathan and I thank every one of you from the bottom of our hearts for every single cent you've contributed.

    With the money we've all raised Nathan will get his van, and his life will get even better.

    If you haven't donated but still want to please email teararoa4nathan@gmail.com

    Ngā mihinui kia koutou

    Arohatinonui

    Jane, Nick, Josh and Nathan

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  • THEY DID IT- Lumsden to Bluff- 120 kms

      2 March 2022
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    What a wild ride in every sense. I was able to follow Nick on Strava as he rode the last few kms and it was just brilliant. More to come later but for now, thanks to everyone who has supported, followed along, donated, commented- here and on Instagram. It's been fantastic

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  • Day 29- Queenstown to Lumsden 124km plus 20km on the ferry

      1 March 2022
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    The penultimate day!!! And what a day. Riding with Gordon and Ron through the amazing country we call home. Nick blew out his front tyre, and Josh reckons Nick's body is close to blowing out too.

    Tomorrow (all things going to plan) the guys ride into Bluff and are DONE.

    We've raised over $10k for Nathan, built a wonderful community and had a ton of fun.

    Tomorrow will be a GREAT day 😍

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  • Day 28 Wanaka-Queenstown 78kms

      28 February 2022
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    The guys had a brilliant day. They conquered the mighty Crown Range, with lots of support and a bit of added incentive. Both Nick and Josh have got so much fitter and stronger over the last month, and are excited to complete the ride, with a couple of mates riding with them ... but where is Andre????

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  • Amos and whānau surprised the guys with a big welcome into Wanaka

      28 February 2022

    We are especially grateful to Josh's brother, Amos, for donating the fuel for the Mothership for the trip.

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  • Day 27- Pleasant Flat to Wanaka- 107kms

      28 February 2022
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    A tough climb over Haast Pass, a disagreement about whose bike is faster, and a great welcome to Wanaka from Josh's brother, Amos and the whānau.

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  • Day 26- Lake Paringa to Pleasant Flat- 96 kms

      27 February 2022
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    Another brilliant riding day. Te Waipounamu is really turning it on for the guys. Today included crossing the Haast river on the 737m-long bridge.

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  • Day 25- Franz Josef to Lake Paringa 97kms

      26 February 2022
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    An absolute bluebird day, and Nick thought he might actually be out in front today. He set out purposefully and showed early promise, but of course Josh powered it on in the latter stage of the ride and lead to the finish 🐢. They're over the 3/4 mark now and going brilliantly.

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  • Franz Josef to Fox on a magic day

      25 February 2022

    The guys are living the dream today

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  • Day 24- Ross to Franz Josef 103 kms

      24 February 2022
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    A glorious day riding on the very quiet main highway, with stunning views of Aoraki, Lake Ianthe and good, old-fashioned farmland. And, always Josh out in front...

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  • Day 23 Kumara to Ross- 102 kms

      23 February 2022
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    The guys are in the zone. They're working hard, but having a great time as well. The West Coast Wilderness Trail is gorgeous and the wildlife, fun. They have some big climbs coming up and are prepping for the next few days.

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  • Day 22- Reefton to Kumara - 107kms and a weigh-in

      22 February 2022
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    A really good day today, with interesting riding and a visit to the Pike River memorial. The guys are now on the West Coast Wilderness Trail for the next couple of days

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  • The Hare and the Tortoise

      21 February 2022

    Rahu Saddle

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  • Day 21- Murchison to Reefton- 124 kms

      21 February 2022
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    The guys covered a lot of ground today, and passed the 2000km mark. Josh never ceases to be amazed that Nick is still going! Fun fact about Reefton- it was the first place in NZ and the Southern Hemisphere to have reticulated street lights, even before London or New York. And it's the home of Little Biddy gin... just saying 🍸

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  • Day 20 Tapawera to Murchison-95km

      20 February 2022
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    The guys are loving the South Island trails, although they're not fully recovered from that gnarly ride a couple of days ago. Today's ride crossed streams and took them through to Lake Rotoroa, where an eel thought Nick might make a tasty snack. And Gordy paid for the leg to Murchison, so that's $20 for Nick now and such good motivation for him to keep going 🤣🤣🤣

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  • Day 19- Nelson to Tapawera 79km

      19 February 2022
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    After a pretty gnarly day yesterday, the guys had a slightly more cruisy day today. It included Spooners tunnel- longest cycle tunnel in Aotearoa at 1.35 km

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  • Day 18- Picton to Nelson

      18 February 2022
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    Update- The guys actually got to Nelson, but the GPS tracker has developed a bit of a glitch. Hopefully it will sort itself out.

    What a day!! There were clearly a good number of folk who doubted the guys (well, Nick's, if we're honest) ability to pull this off, but they're killing it and every dollar donated is incentive for them to push on. But not without a swim at Pelorus Bridge. All in all, a great day.

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  • Day 17- Featherston to the Cook Strait ferry terminal 70km

      17 February 2022
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    The guys had a fantastic day. The cycle trail was awesome, they knocked off the Rimutakas, and Rodney wrangled them on to the ferry. They're over halfway now, and in Te Wai Pounamu and fired up for the rest of the trip. Extra thanks to everyone who's supported both them and Nathan on this amazing endeavour. Arohatinonui 🥰

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    • 17/02/2022 by P. G. Jimmy

      Awesome stuff fellas. The Rimutakas must have been a challenge!.

  • Day 16- Ekatahuna to Featherston 108kms

      16 February 2022
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    Mary, a cycling angel, has been tracking the guys and was waiting by the trail for them today, with treats and cold drinks. How awesome is that?

    The big question of the day is will tomorrow be the day they cross Te Moana o Raukawa (Cook Straight)???

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  • Day 15- Ashurst to Ekatahuna 67 km

      15 February 2022
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    The guys headed over the Pahiatua Track today, and then had a maintenance afternoon. Covid boosters for them and a bit of TLC for the bikes.

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  • Day 14- Hunterville to Ashurst 120km

      14 February 2022
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    Picking up the pace again today, though some long, steep climbs (and long downhills as well). The weather is better, but still cold and a bit wet.

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  • Day 13- Whanganui to Huntersville 67 kms

      13 February 2022

    Lovely day! Rain horizontal, wind strong until they got into the valleys. The Durie Hill Elevator was a highlight and gave them 50 m of elevation in 55 seconds. A shorter day today as they stopped in Hunterville to get accomodation to dry out and warm up. Nick had 4 layers on today as southerly had some bite to it. Check the gallery for more pictures

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  • Day 12- Pipiriki to Whanganui 70km

      12 February 2022
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    After the jetboat ride down to Pipiriki, the guys have cycled what is possibly one of the more challenging, but fascinating North Island sections of the trail. The weather isn't being obliging at all. Check out the pictures and videos on Instagram as they are spectacular

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  • Day Eleven- Blue Duck Station to Pipiriki

      11 February 2022
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    No news today, as I'm guessing the guys are out of cellphone range. The plan was to jetboat from Bridge to Nowhere, down the Whanganui River to Pipiriki, and the MAProgress GPS tracking shows that's what they've done.. I'll update this post when they're back in contact. 12/2 Back in range again 👍

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  • Day Ten- Taumaranui to Blue Duck Station- a lovely 58 kms

      10 February 2022
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    It's completely mind-blowing to think that these two guys have cycled almost 1000kms in the last 10 days. And I manage to lose my phone in five minutes at the sushi shop, so a very brief update today. Thanks so much to all the people making donations and pledges- Angus is buzzing :) and so are Nick and Josh and I.

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  • Day Nine- Pureora to Taumaranui- 114kms

      9 February 2022
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    The guys slogged it out on the Timber Trail today. The last 35kms were gruelling, and then five more to Rodney and the camper. Tomorrow they'll hit the 1000km mark. Not bad for an old bugger- so proud of you Nick (and Josh too) 🙂

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  • Day Eight- Arapuni to Pureora 106km And Angus works on his spreadsheet

      8 February 2022
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    Lots of riding (and pushing) on slippery, muddy forest trails today. Check out the Insta for a couple of great videos.

    Angus and the guys are getting such a buzz from the spreadsheet pledges. A pledge of 1c/km will get you added to it and they'd love to get to a total pledged of $1/ km

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  • Day Seven- Te Aroha to Arapuni 69km

      7 February 2022

    The guys had a later start today, allegedly because of the rain, but maybe because Nick was in a comfortable bed... They're in Leonie's Parkup tonight and she has generously waived her fee and asked them to donate for Nathan. If you're ever looking for a place to park in Arapuni, please support Leonie 😃

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  • Day Six-Kaiaua to Te Aroha 120km with rain

      7 February 2022
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    What a day! The longest yet and although a lot of flat riding, it was wet and windy. This stretch is where the trail comes closest to Tauranga, so family and friends came out to support and ride along for a while. Nick's Karate mates challenged him to ride in his Gi, and the guys will do anything for money for Nathan. More photos added in the gallery 🥰

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  • YESTERDAY ANGUS RECEIVED AN AMAZING EMAIL

      6 February 2022

    Remember Gordie's Pledge? Yesterday Angus received this (edited) message-

    Hi Angus,

    I would like to pledge a per-km amount of 33 cents up to a maximum of $1000 (to discourage deliberate backtracking.....)

    I'm a keen cyclist and really admire what these guys are doing. All the more for the fundraising idea... I'm keen to see Nick and Josh come out on top. Nathan too.

    Kind regards, DC

    .............

    We are beyond grateful for this generous pledge. But even more importantly, the riding is tough, the days are long, their bodies are sore and the guys get such a boost from hearing about every pledge or donation.

    Nathan, too, is overwhelming appreciative of every donation, whatever the amount. All I can really say is THANKYOU 🥰

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  • Day Five- Helensville to Kawakawa Bay 119km and Gordy pays up!

      5 February 2022
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    The guys absolutely blitzed it today. The ride through Tamaki Makaurau was uneventful, breakfast was had with Oscar and Georgina in Cornwall Park, and they are now heading down the Firth of Thames. Gordy has been true to his Pledge- $5 for Nick and $100 for Josh for making it to Auckland. Tomorrow promises to be a fun day...

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    • 05/02/2022 by helen

      Awesome 👌

  • Day Four- Dargaville to Helensville

      4 February 2022
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    Just who were Darga and Helen, I wonder?

    Due to lack of patronage the ferry from Pouto down the Kaipara harbour wasn't running, so a local farmer took the guys back to the camper and they drove around the harbour. Fifty kms of gravel riding, and that was after Josh helped a farmer with milking

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    • 05/02/2022 by helen

      Ohhh my goodness..sounds like a lot of hard Mahi..especially the gravel road..Well done team!

  • Day 3

      3 February 2022
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    Opononi to Glinks Gully 107km

    First 100+ day with some big climbs and a check-in with Tane Mahuta. Staying in a generously offered Bach tonight

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    • 03/02/2022 by helen

      Awesome..

  • Day 2 Ahipara to Opononi

      2 February 2022
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    Another great day, with the ferry crossing at Rawene

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    • 03/02/2022 by helen

      Well done team.. this is hard Mahi and you have excelled!..

  • Day One- Te Rerenga Wairua to Ahipara

      1 February 2022
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    A really hard day, but the guys are pleased to have it ticked off. And it's doubtful that Nick actually rode in jandals, though not impossible. Huge gratitude to everyone for all the encouragement and generous donations

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    • 02/02/2022 by P. G. Jimmy

      Hey Nick, are you heading in the right direction? Just asking ... thought the dunes would be on your left?

  • The guys are on the road

      31 January 2022
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    First screenshot of the map.

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  • And, they're on their way

      31 January 2022

    Nick, Josh and Rodney are on the road, heading for Cape Reinga to start the ride. They look quite relaxed at the moment. Tomorrow night could be a different story.

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  • How you can make a 'Gordy's Pledge' Check the Insta account to find out what Gordy's Pledge is!

      25 January 2022
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    Gordy has pledged to donate fixed amounts as the guys complete each leg of the ride, and we thought others might like to as well.

    The distances of Gordy's Pledge are as follows- Cape Reinga to Auckland- 440kms/ Auckland to Matamata- 220kms/ Matamata to Masterton- 760kms/ Masterton to Murchison- 500kms/ Murchison to Haast- 610kms/ and Haast to Bluff- 470kms.

    Gordy has been ridiculously generous (or he has very little faith), but any amounts, paid in as they reach each milestone will be huge motivation for the guys and also fantastic for Nathan.

    You can comment below with your pledge or email Angus angusdowson@live.com or both.

    It will be lots of fun to be part of, and the live tracking, which will be available once they head off will mean you can see how your pledge is being earned.

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  • Nathan and the team meet up

      23 January 2022
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    Today the guys finally got to meet Nathan. There were plenty of laughs, but the highlight for Nathan was finding out how old I am! They head off from Tauranga on Monday 31 Jan, driving north ready to head down Ninety Mile beach early on Feb 2

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  • Magpie Attack

      31 December 2021
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    Fun times. This guy attacks every time I go up Esdaile road.

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  • Training less than ideal!

      31 December 2021
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    No matter how hard Andre trains he still can’t figure out why he hasn’t lost weight

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    • 31/12/2021 by Jane

      Looks like an epic custard square :)