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mixed modes

I chose to ride my bike to work it was a beautiful morning and a pleasant ride - faster in fact than taking my car and finding a park. unfortunately it was pouring with rain in the afternoon ... read more

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Personal goal

I am really happy to have logged my rides during the Aotearoa Bike challenge. Never knew that I've been riding about 200 km per month mainly to commute. And it is saving me money, avoiding traffic ... read more

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25km in one day!

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Image for story Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

After missing many biking days earlier in the month due to illness, I thought today would be an ideal opportunity to put some good kilometres on the clock. Starting from Glenfield, I wanted to p... read more

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The whole family are feeling inspired this month

When our office moved into the city centre and there was no longer free parking, I figured my only option was to commute by bus. The Aotearoa Bike Challenge reminded me that actually biking to work... read more

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TIA

A couple of weeks ago I suffered what they call a TIA ( or mini brain stroke). I am 68 and had just cycled 80 kms the day before plus 40 kms a day on my commute. Also did the 900 mile Lands End to ... read more

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From there to here...

So last year as the 2021 Aotearoa Bike challenge began, I had bought myself a new bike to commute on (40km/ each way). I was super prepared for the what I thought was going to be a fun month of cyc... read more

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I chose to Bike There Instead

One of my favourite t-shirts is this red one with a pic of an ice cream atop a bike helmet, the words say "Bike there instead." Going for ice creams with my whānau last week I thought this was a gr... read more

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Full month ahead

Will try to go for a ride everyday come sun or rain. I hope the bike holds!

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Love To Ride was useful

Love to ride was useful. I found it a good motivation tool and way to trace rides. But they have stopped keeping the totals. At the top of the page was a part with total kilometres and total trips.... read more

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10 minutes a day

This February, I have been inspired to ride every day. I normally travel everywhere on my bike, but now there's more reasons to bike on my days off. Even a 10 minute ride does wonders for my feelin... read more

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NZ Gran Fondo

I had a great day out in Cambridge and the mighty Waikato as a participant of the NZ cycling festival on Saturday (13th Feb 2021), that also hosted a number of national championship races and $50k ... read more

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Up For the Challenge

http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/environment/20210202/up-for-the-challenge-5/

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Bike Breakfast 2021

If you're in Dunedin and looking for motivation to get on your bike during the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, Spokes Dunedin is hosting it's 7th annual Bike Breakfast for anyone who turns up on a bike! ... read more

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Image for story Maybe things do happen for a reason ?

Maybe things do happen for a reason ?

A colleague invited me to join the challenge early in the month. I thought about it and did nothing. On the night of the 17th someone broken into my car, with the intention of stealing it. The d... read more

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Pride on the Pink Path

Loved the changing lights on the Pink Path this morning! Happy Pride! The lights went really well with the multi coloured Sky Tower - too bad it wasn't still dark by the time I reached the pink pat... read more

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TriEye Bike Sunnies

Have to shout out to one of the Bike Challenge supporters; TriEye, the riding glasses with a rear-vision mirror. After a recent experience with a large vehicle that was wider than the driver rea... read more

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Making it a family affair

The kids and I love to ride on the weekends and we have used this challenge to really ramp that up. This weekend they chose to bike to a very far away park so they could log a big distance and we s... read more

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Wildlife

I've met many animals whilst cycling along the North Western shared path. Mainly birds - had some close calls with Pukeko and Oyster Catchers, and I herded a group of ducklings back to their mum la... read more

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A Big WIN all round!

The fabulous E bike that Ian Lancaster (Wellington) won in 2018'sAotearoa Bike Challenge has been put to great use. Ian very kindly gifted the bike to me (his wife) and very patiently encouraged a... read more

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Biking to work

I have a trike - its nicknamed Big Red. - its not an e bike I ride it to work with my e-legs I was riding to work on the car free day with my music playing and swaying back and forth side to sid... read more

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Uneventful cycling month, apart from ...

After an idyllic 20 km morning ride along the sea front in Auckland, I was turning in to my work car park when I felt a sudden pain on my head. In order to pander to my urge to stop what I was d... read more

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In adversity finding your centre

I have done the challenge before but never took it seriously and never really set any goals to achieve, I was merely participating. This year about to become jobless and homeless all at the same ti... read more

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We're here, and we're not going away

Had a great ride to the shops yesterday, and not just because of the light Sunday traffic. The footpaths on High St were crowded with pedestrians, there were a few motorbikes cruising along (and on... read more

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Image for story Family fun on the Puketapu Loop, Hawkes Bay

Family fun on the Puketapu Loop, Hawkes Bay

We're on holiday in the Hawkes and it's been great biking around, the cafes and sights. Today's adventure was a sixteen kilometre ride along the Puketapu Loop to the Puketapu Hotel for lunch and th... read more

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Motiviation

Aotearoa Bike challenge giving me motivation to explore my new region by bike :D

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3 Things I learnt while riding in Christchurch

1: Learning the bike routes to work, but cant go both back home, the same way, Tuam and St Asaph are only one way, I wonded why I didnt get any bike traffic lights. 2: Glass, I need to take a sm... read more

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More fun riding with others

This morning I rode with my daughter to her high school and the journey seemed way shorter than the first time I biked. Then I had the rest of the journey by myself, or so I thought. I banged int... read more

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Rabbit Island

What better way to kick off the Aotearoa bike challenge than catching the ferry from Mapua to Rabbit Island. Lovely flat trails meant my first ride on a non-ebike for about 4 years was a breeze . G... read more

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Bike Ride for Fitness & Saves Time

Bike ride very useful for health maintenance. As long as the setting on the bike makes it comfortable and not strain the back and legs. Adjusting the height of the seat is useful. Carry air pump, t... read more

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fitness gains

I like competing in triathlons, but I'm a weak runner, so I normally over-train on running and skip the cycling as I'm a stronger cyclist. This month I've done almost 200km on the bike, and just h... read more

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Oops...

Just did me first ride on my recovered free bike i picked up last year and spent january getting ready. On the way home after biking 7km I changed gear and somehow wrapped the rear derailleur aroun... read more

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PNCC Group ride

Good effort Palmerston North City Council Infrastructure staff - 20 of us on a 10km lunchtime ride to the eel feeding platform on the first day of the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge.

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Image for story Waiheke Adventures

Waiheke Adventures

Leading the pack at Waiheke (photo) A group of us went to Waiheke, hired ebikes and had the time of our lives. It was an awesome way to get around and we clocked around 30km. We stopped where e... read more

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SH2 Chaos

Started driving my daughter to school from Brookfield to Bethlehem on Friday. Traveled a short distance before witnessing a heavy traffic on Millers Road as far as the eye could see. Knowing that S... read more

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Flash new saddle bags

Biked to work with my newly acquired saddle bags which I won Week 1 through #MoveitMonday. The saddle bags match my bike really well, so feeling well chuffed! I had to adjust the bags on to the... read more

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Tour Aotearoa 2020

I'm setting off on this event, on 19 February, 3000km, Cape Reinga to Bluff. Self-supported. Hope to complete in 30 days. It's a personal challenge, as I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 8 ... read more

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Two trips or one

In my mind a typical commute - in and out - counts as 2 trips. This makes my goal of 50 trips for the month achievable (that's 40 trips during the week and and extra 10 scattered in through the mon... read more

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ride Munich to Rome

training to ride from Munich to Rome, 1400km in 12 days, in May, I have done at least 1 Ironman these last 5 yrs. now changing track and see part of Europe in the process

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Stories from around the world

Please use lights!

This is a cautionary story of the importance of your bike lights... I'm a keen cyclist, sometimes it happens, your lights are flat, you forgot to charge them, you left them at home, whatever, but p... read more

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Don’t give up.

When I started this whole thing I maybe rode on average a mile a week. I grew up with a passion for bikes. Anything with two wheels count me in. But as I turned 30 I noticed that passion had dulled... read more

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Image for story The power of a human and importance of a helmet

The power of a human and importance of a helmet

At the start of Cycle September I never expected to be writing a story and even last week it wasn’t on my to-do list. I was enjoying my cycling and pedalling my way to and from work when I could. ... read more

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Image for story Appley Bridge (WN6) to Worsley (M28)

Appley Bridge (WN6) to Worsley (M28)

On Sunday 28th of August I was involved in a sponsored bike ride to raise money for The Christy's Cancer Research, the was circa 50 people riding on the day. I was riding with the Wigan RUFC Ve... read more

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Image for story London to Paris 2013

London to Paris 2013

In many ways this is where my cycling story began. In late 2012 my brother asked if I wanted to cycle to Paris for Leukaemia Research. I'd only just got back on my bike after 20 years of barely cyc... read more

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Image for story Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Recently joined my local cycling club (Brereton Wheelers) and joined in on one of the Epic Monumunt rides planned for this year. 103 miles up into the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District to t... read more

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Crash bang wallop!

On my route to work yesterday @ 7.30 am I miss timed a curb/hedge/pavement and went over the top of my handlebars into on coming traffic! Fortunately a lovely lady stopped her car and made sure I ... read more

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Image for story A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

Ever wondered how the long long never ending A38 which leads into Midlands looks like beyond Alveston / Thornbury? Me too! I had been to Itchington a couple of times before and also once to Tytheri... read more

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1000 miles Cycle to Work

In October 2021 I set out to raise £1000 and lose my Covid spare tyre by cycling 1000 miles to work at the University of Bolton, from my home in Blackburn, all in aid of Derian House Childrens Hosp... read more

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Image for story The 311 km ride

The 311 km ride

I took that selfie less than a month ago at the train station in Nairn. Yes not the best picture of me. But still my favorite because I was super proud of myself. I broke my personal record and rod... read more

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Défi de mobilité durable 2022

Mon défi pour favoriser la mobilité durable est d’utiliser autant que possible le vélo pour les déplacements de moins de 10 hm aller. Je vais au travail en vélo 3 fois par semaine, un aller-retour ... read more

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