Conquer the Swiss Alps to raise funds and create more awareness for the amazing work of Te Kiwi Maia- The Courageous Kiwi Charitable Trust.
In August we are riding the Swiss Epic, a 5 day mountain bike race through the Swiss Alps to raise funds and create more awareness for the amazing work of Te Kiwi Maia- The Courageous Kiwi Charitable Trust. Within our family, we have seen the enormous toll volunteering at a community base Fire Brigade takes on personal lives. They are doing incredible important work which unfortunately has a huge impact, mentally and physically on them and their families. We are so grateful for the work they do but see that they need support in return. Te Kiwi Maia is a charity which provides rehabilitation, recovery and respite to all those who – as a result of their role in safeguarding and caring for New Zealanders – have physical or psychological injuries. They enable our people and their families to continue healthy, positive lives.
So on the 16th of August, we hop on our bikes to conquer the alps- 5 days- 350 km- 12000 m of climbing. A lot of courage is needed from us as it will test most of our boundaries. It's a team ride that will require physical, technical and mental skills on a whole different level than we have ever experienced before. Dutch courage wont really help us here so we keep it Kiwi!
Day 5 Swiss Epic Finishers 21 August 2022
This morning the spirits of the riders was a strange mixture. The sun was out, which was a great start. Some riders wanted it all to be over, others wanted it to keep going. Some were ready for the race, others were just tired. We started with a hard and steep climb, which took us high above the clouds and was quite spectacular. Followed by very rocky and rooty single trails down hill with lots of steep drops. We found it hard to find a good flow. It didn’t help that we were still tired from the last days, and anxious about the risks ahead. Mentally we somehow weren’t fully engaged anymore. Smelling the finish with just 58 km ahead felt extra tough and we definitely struggled today. Making crossing the line, finally arriving, finish what we trained for over the last months, feel like a great relief. What a epic journey it has been.