Can't keep a good cyclist down

By kelli.hooks@age.co.nz, Kelli Hooks


The fifth annual BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge will take place next month, passing through Wairarapa on the first day.

The seven day event starts in Lower Hutt on February 10, outside the Town Hall on Laings Road at 8.30am.

Cyclists will finish the second stage of the race in Masterton that day, with the 13th and final stage ending in Pukekohe on February 16.

Each day is divided into one or two stages covering anywhere from 38km to 122km.

Participants can decide which charity to support and donations can be made to their fundraiser page.

Between 145 and 150 cyclists are expected to be participating.

Former road cycling Olympian, 57-year-old Stephen Cox, will be cycling to raise money for The Head Injury Network for Kiwis (THINK) charity.

THINK promotes awareness and prevention of head injury.

Mr Cox said he had hardly touched a bike since retiring from competitive cycling more than 20 years ago.

He has so far raised $785 and said if donations get up to $1500 he will ride with shaved legs and at $2000 will ride his 30-year-old bike from the Brisbane Commonwealth Games.

THINK Cycling Ambassador Ken Feist will also be participating in the challenge to raise money for the charity.

More information about the challenge can be found on the Dynamo Events website: www.dynamoevents.co.nz

You can support Stephen Cox, Ken Feist and other participants by donating money online at:

www.fundraiseonline.co.nz

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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