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New Zealand Postie Bike Challenge,
New Zealand’s first Postie Bike Challenge has attracted 20 participants to ride the length of the North Island next month to raise funds for children’s charity Camp Quality NZ - with a call for more riders to join them.
The ride from Cape Reinga to Wellington over six days (26 - 31 March) will be on bikes formerly used for postal deliveries in rural Australia and New Zealand. A popular annual event in Australia, organiser Glenn Groves says it was time Kiwi riders had a go at completing “The Challenge”.
The motorbike and adventure enthusiast is urging more to “get on your bike, live the experience and enjoy the exhilaration of zipping down the countryside with other adventurers”. He says participants do not need to be expert riders to take part. “We’ll all be riding postie bikes - that is the mighty Honda CT110 - or the CT90 for those who aren't game for the big bike.”
The 6-day traverse down the west coast of the North Island, at about 70 km/ph, on sealed roads with special stages along the way, includes stops at 90 Mile Beach, Opononi, Warkworth, Manukau, Hampton Downs Race Track, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Levin before finishing in Wellington. Riders supply the bike, tent and bedding and the entry fee of $1,100 covers accommodation, breakfast, dinner, fuel and a donation to Camp Quality NZ.
“It will be full of fun, excitement, adrenaline and friendship, seeing the country as you've never seen it before and supporting a great charity at the same time,” says Mr Groves.
Camp Quality NZ is a not for profit organisation dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to children (aged 5 to 16 years) living with cancer and year-round support to their families.
Each year, at a cost of more than $550,000 and through the commitment of more than 750 volunteers, Camp Quality NZ delivers week-long summer camps and fun programmes for children living with cancer. This year marks 25 years since organising its first summer camp in New Zealand. The Postie Bike Challenge kicks off a series of events nationwide to celebrate the silver anniversary.
For more information and entry details see: www.postiebikechallenge.co.nz
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