PB (aka Peter Bichan) is cycling the length of NZ this summer to raise funds for a new kitchen at Capernwray Bible School
Fuelled by pies, dehydrated meals and chocolate, sleeping in cabins and in his tent, PB will pedal his trusty mountain bike 100-150km/day down the length of NZ, with all his gear... over the heat of summer 2021. (Above pic is leaving Cape Reinga on Jan 22).
Distance to travel: 3000km = 1864 miles
Total altitude gained: 35,000m = 114,829 feet (Over 4x the height of Mt Everest).
What's he cycling for?
There is a real need to renovate the aging kitchen facilities on the Monavale campus in Cambridge. Now is an ideal time to start fundraising whilst Covid-19 has temporarily closed Capernwray Bible School.
Our chef at Capernwray, Dean, has done an amazing job over the years in a kitchen that has not been designed to cater for the large numbers we regularly have on-site. Not only are we becoming non code-compliant with the flooring and shelving but there are also some current pain points: lack of space, terrible work flow, a chiller that is too small and various surfaces are not fit for purpose.
We are aiming to raise NZ$140,000 of which we have $70,000 pledged as a matching grant. In the exciting event of having more funds arrive than anticipated the remainder will go toward other school upgrade projects.
Day 6: Miranda to The ABS Lodge (Cambridge)January 28th 2021Route for Day 6: Miranda to The ABS Lodge. Distance travelled 140km. Altitude gained 347m. 1 pie eaten for second breakfast. 1 Cornish pasty for lunch. I can report that the hot pools were bliss
Day 5: West Auckland to MirandaJanuary 26th 2021The route for Day 5: West Auckland to Miranda Distance: 133km. Altitude gained: 1244m. Pies eaten: 2. It took some time to recover from yesterday's ride. I slowly drink but struggle to eat,
Day 4: Paparoa to West AucklandJanuary 26th 2021156km travelled with 2579m ascended. The early start I hoped for was postponed somewhat as I shared a room with some enthusiastic mosquitoes who kept me awake while they looked for a feed. I doubt t
Day 3: Trounson Kauri Park (Waipoua) to PaparoaJanuary 24th 2021The route for Day 3: Trounson Park to Paparoa. Distance 103km, 1230m climbed. Glenys had booked the night in a container with outdoor living located up a steep gravel path. Boutique or rustic could
Day 2: Ahipara to WaipouaJanuary 23rd 2021The route for Day 2: Ahipara to Opononi via a ferry at Rawene. I woke with rested but tight legs - the day on sand is not something I've trained for. Traversing the stairs in the hostel loosened t
Day 1: Cape Reinga - AhiparaJanuary 22nd 2021After a 5.30am wake up call we headed up to Cape Reinga, arriving at 7am. We passed 2 earlybird cyclists on the road heading towards the beach. After the obligatory photos at the lighthouse, I bid
The Start of PB's 3000 is here!January 21st 2021In the morning I will be starting from the lighthouse at Cape Reinga about 7.30am. From there the ride is 103km with the last 80km being on 90 Mile beach. Wind, tide, sun and speeding vehicles are
New Kitchen PlansJanuary 1st 2021Our chef, Dean has done an amazing job over the years in a kitchen that has not been designed to cater for the large numbers we regularly have on-site. Not only are we becoming non code-compliant
What I'm takingJanuary 1st 2021It's a long trip to cycle the length of NZ, but you can't take too many luxuries! I'll be packing the bare necessities:
Starting Jan 2021January 1st 2021This fundraising cycle will start Jan 2021!! Get on board now and help play a part in raising funds for Capernwray Bible School's new kitchen.
30 days - 3000km - Cycling NZ
We have been blessed with a gift that can get the project started, but we will have a shortfall. To meet this, the director of Capernwray Bible School, Peter Bichan (PB) has volunteered to undertake a fundraising bike ride the length of NZ. Starting at Cape Reinga and winding his way through the country using highways, gravel roads & mountain bike tracks; PB will make his way to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island.
This 3000km jaunt is planned to take under 30 days and about 6kg off his body weight!
Sponsors supporting PB's 3000
Huge thanks goes out to the sponsors that are helping support this epic fundraising ride.
Follow PB's Journey
PB will be updating his blog about his journey right here!
He'll be carrying a tracker device as he makes progress cycling down New Zealand this summer. If you'd like to reach out to PB, email him here.
Sponsor per km!
You can sponsor PB via a set amount per kilometre he cycles, or choose your own total amount. Pop your details in the form, and PB will follow up with you when he's completed his cycling mission! Please note all dollar amounts are in NZ Dollars. Thanks for your support!
Check out some fun facts about the length of the ride here>