Waikanae Men Cycling 3000k Down NZ the Hard Way

Two Waikanae men are about to cycle 3000km from Cape  Reinga to Bluff- the long way in under a month with no support crew.

The long-way means Stu Ayers and Vic Hewson will not follow Highway 1 but will bike through Kauri forests, the King Country timber trail, the Wanganui river road, over the Pahiatua saddle and the Remutaka rail trail.

Epic routes down South

In the South Island their route takes them west from Picton through Murchison down the Shenandoah  Valley, then down the West Coast and Haast Pass, the Crown Range to Queenstown then on back roads through to Bluff.

And doing it unsupported means they carry all their gear on the bikes – no backup station wagons or campervans.

Stu and Vic will traverse several bridges like this on their journey.

But the two semi-retired. 65 plus,  long-time cyclists are allowed to stay in motels- where they can find them.

And they will not be completely on their own… 200 other riders will be on the Tour Aotearoa which runs every two year.

Local young people will benefit

But local youth will benefit from the two Kapiti Rotary Cub members: the money they raise will go towards the club’s charitable trust, which funds young people to Outward Bound or the Spirit of Adventure. They’ll be doing this through a Give a Little page.

Stu Ayres a 30-year cycling veteran, says he and Vic Hewson have been covering up to 60 to 100 kilometres a day in training. One ride was up the Paekakariki Hill through to Moonshine, Upper Hutt and back over Akatawara.

Vic Hewson says he’s also been on the escarpments at the back of Kapiti.

February 19 start

The big ride starts on February 19, and their deadline at Bluff is March 17- 28 days later.

Vic Hewson reckons mental rather than physical fitness will be the determining factor.

Hi Brendan, I remember you well. We were on the same section 6 that Vic had, he was indeed a top bloke and we related to him well as he was younger than some of us gumbies. He was into his fitness even then. I lasted 31 years in the job. Wouldn’t like to be in it now.
Cheers, John Thorne

Well done Vic and Stu. Vic you were my Instructor at the policed college in 1974. I was 55.5 kilos and Roger Marley asked me where was the restr of me.

Anyway, I think I was the only Police Officer to join the police without a Driver’s Licence. Namely, because I couldn’t drive. I suppose you can’t remember me.
I remember your wife Carrol. You called me B.J.. Been retired 8 years now and got the pension last June. I always rated you as a top guy. I had a somewhat chequered career. Mind you I had the best “Arrest Record” in Cristchurxch all the time I served. My goal was rto make a :decent arrest every day. You were a great influence on my career. I went on after the police to work with NZ elite athletes in Sports Psychology for 10 years.

Have the utmost respect for you and how the Hell I ever became a cop I will never know.


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