Day 1 of Cameron’s ride from the top to the bottom of New Zealand is in the bag! Cam covered 217.1 wet and cold kilometres from Cape Reinga to Paihia today in just under 8 hours.
The Specialized Roubaix is holding up well and the 2XU kit is standing the test of winter just as intended. Not too cold today, but oh my, that rain is never fun. Day 1 down, 11 days and 2,200 kilometres to go!
Tomorrow’s stage is a cool 240 km from Paihia to Auckland (didn’t we just come from there?) – fingers crossed for moderate winds and mild temperatures. Things are going to get really cold and windy as we get closer to the South Island.
Cam and wife/support crew Alice are going to be providing daily updates on Facebook and Instagram as well as here on the Bike Chaser Blog. Make sure to check in every day to follow his progress through the tough New Zealand winter conditions
It was a wet, windy and rugged start for stage 1 of Ride the Long White Cloud – that’s me next to the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, the most northern tip of New Zealand. Cape Reinga is the separation marker between the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. From the lighthouse you can watch the tidal race, as the two seas clash to create unsettled waters just off the coast. It was a stark reminder of my 12 days in New Zealand’s extreme conditions.
Today I managed to cover the first 217 kilometres of my 2,417-kilometre journey. The tip of the New Zealand iceberg. 1 down, 11 to go.
Why ride through New Zealand?
Through Ride the Long White Cloud we are aiming to raise $30,000 for CanTeen Australia & New Zealand, who support young people when cancer turns their life upside down. Please head over to the donation page if you’d like to support this great cause: