3,000KMs to cycle for $70,000
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.
Distance to travel: 3000km = 1864 miles
Total altitude gained: 35,000m = 114,829 feet (Over 4x the height of Mt Everest).
Reflections after cycling the length of NZFebruary 22nd 2021All good things, they say, come to an end and so does this ride. I've cleaned my bike and put my gear away, the washing is done and the wind down rides are happening and I'll start dealing with the
Day 25: Mossburn to BluffFebruary 16th 2021The route for the last day of this trip: Mossburn to Bluff Distance 135km. No pies but a lovely bowl of soup. It was lovely to spend the evening with Colin & Lynette. Being in a home makes packin
Day 24: Arrowtown to MossburnFebruary 15th 2021Arrowtown to Mossburn via Queenstown & across Lake Wakatipu. Distance 139km biking. Ascent 1261m. 1 pie at Ferg's Pastries, Queenstown. Best yet! The TSS Earnslaw was due to sail at noon from
Day 23: Lake Hawea to ArrowtownFebruary 13th 2021Lake Hawea to Arrowtown Distance 78km. Ascent 1056m. No pies. The Lake Hawea Family Fishing Classic got off to an early start with the sound of vehicles towing boats down to the launch ramp,
Day 22: Lake Paringa to Lake HaweaFebruary 12th 2021The route for Day 22: Lake Paringa to Lake Hawea Distance 180km. Ascent 2041m. Calories used according to Strava 6429cal Pies 1 at Makarora. Best yet! The decision to stay at Lake Paringa was an
Day 21: Franz Joseph to Lake ParingaFebruary 11th 2021The route for Day 21 (three weeks in!): Franz Joseph to Lake Paringa. Distance 97km. Ascent 974m. No pies today. I was woken from my slumber at some unearthly hour with the noise of my bike
Day 20: Ross to Franz JosephFebruary 10th 2021Day 20: Ross to Franz Joseph Distance 108km. Ascent 808m. Pies 1 in Harihari 9/10 Today's forecast wasn't great, but it wasn't meant to be windy. I procrastinated too long so didn't leave Ross
Day 19: Kumara to RossFebruary 10th 2021The route for Day 19, Kumara to Ross. Distance 103km. Ascent 1159m. Weather - Rain heavy for a time, with gusty northeasterlies. Showers later. In some ways it is easy to make an early start when
Day 18: Reefton to KumaraFebruary 9th 2021Reefton to Kumara. Distance: 133km. Ascent: 1604m Pies: 1 at Ikamatua, very average, but needed 5/10. I had heard that the first part of today's ride was a challenge so was a bit apprehensive
Day 17: Murchison to ReeftonFebruary 8th 2021The route for Day 17: Murchison to Reefton Distance: 120km. Ascent: 1349m. The Lazy Cow backpackers where I stayed is clearly feeling the lack of international travellers. Apart from the Japanese w
Day 15 & 16: Nelson to MurchisonFebruary 7th 2021Distance 10 +146km. Ascent 1467m. Pies: 1 from mum & 1 at Wakefield. While I felt that I could carry on, and with rain forecast in a few days time, it was tempting to hit the road without a
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!
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.