In February and March 2020, I will be cycling the length of New Zealand, raising funds for two Charities.
Hi, I have entered the Tour Aotearoa 2020. www.touraotearoa.nz
The event involves cycling the length of New Zealand,approx 3,000km, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. This is going to be a huge challenge but a great adventure.
The fundraising aspect of the ride is important to me as I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2012.
My start date is, Wave 3, 19 February 2020 at 9am.
The route follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and country roads. There are some rules - follow a set course, you must carry all your own gear and be self-supported. Riders must complete the course in a minimum 10 days and a maximum 30 days. There are 30 photo check-points along the route.
Riders must carry a GPS tracking device, and it is possible for anyone to logon and follow the "dot" progress through the country. Follow on: https://touraotearoa2020.maprogress.com/?bib=MonB
I have a instagram page set up @mikeonbike2020.
Charities - Neuro Research Charitable Trust, www.nrct.org.nz
Parkinson's Waikato www.parkinsons.org.nz .
The funds raised will be shared between the two charities. If you wish your donation to go specifically to one charity, just note NRCT or P Waikato as a comment.
Thanks very much.
I am personally affected by Parkinson's Disease and want to assist these Charities in their important work.
All the funds raised will go to:
Neuro Research Charitable Trust - Funding for research at Auckland University.
Parkinson's Waikato - supporting for people with Parkinson's their families, carers and health professionals.
Final Update 20 May 2020
Hi, this will be my last update as the fundraising page closes 1 June. Thanks everyone for the support the amount donated has exceeded my expectations.
There have been some interesting times since I completed the ride on 22nd March. I didn’t have much idea about the seriousness of the virus situation as I hadn’t seen TV or newspapers for 4 weeks. I didn’t know about alert levels. In the 3 days following my arrival at Bluff, the alert levels went from 2 to 3 to 4. I hindsight I was probably lucky to finish the ride, many others didn’t. I had a vehicle in Christchurch, drove to Picton, and managed to get one of the last ferries north.
My bike was locked down in Invercargill for some time but arrived home this week.
Thanks again for supporting the Charities.
There is a link here to a 5 minute youtube slide show of my trip. Photo quality is a bit average as I only had an old Samsung phone.