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In 2009 Vaughan Rowsell rode the length of New Zealand

He did it to prove a point that you need to "ride out" a recession by picking an impossible thing, then doing it. It took him 6 and a half weeks, he lost 20kg, and he met a tonne of interesting people on the way.


An Idiots Guide to... Watch the Videos
...a charity bike ride.

Follow this five step guide on how to take your insane idea to the end.

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An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part V: Getting to the end

June 28, 2009 on 1:29 pm | In Getting started | 6 Comments

So you have planned your trip, have got your gear sorted and now you are on the way to the finish line which seems so very far away. How do you make sure you get there?  When you get tired, wet ,cold, lonely, and sore how do you stop yourself from quitting. Well basically it all comes down to motivation.  The trick is to have plenty of motivation and make it impossible for you to not finish.

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An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part IV: Keeping everyone informed

June 25, 2009 on 12:53 pm | In Getting started | No Comments

Doing a solo challenge is not only tough physically, but mentally and emotionally too.  There are a bunch of people out there who will ultimately be the people who will get you to the end, through the highs and the lows and they are your supporters.  They will provide you the motivation to keep going, I guarantee it.  But you are in the middle of nowhere, and they are not.  How do you communicate?  How can you inspire others to follow you and give money for the charity you are fund-raising for? Continue reading An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part IV: Keeping everyone informed…

An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part III: What to take

June 24, 2009 on 12:24 pm | In Getting started | 9 Comments

The short answer: just enough.  This of course is pretty hard to do.  The trick is to err on the side of taking too much.  You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without something imperative to your success, like food, water or a spare inner tube.  Here are a couple of tips for planning the amount of gear to take, especially if weight is an issue.  You may have a support crew for your particular challenge, and they can carry your gear, and go find replacement bits and pieces for you as you go.  But in my case I was solo and had to carry my gear on the back of the bike, so weight was very very important. Continue reading An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part III: What to take…

An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part II: Planning

June 23, 2009 on 10:37 am | In Getting started | 4 Comments

Its all in the planning baby.  Really.  If you plan well then you will succeed. The secret to planning is to eliminate as much risk as possible, but leaving enough risk still there to make it interesting.  Planning can be broken down as when to do it, how to do it, and what will you need to do it. Continue reading An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part II: Planning…

An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part I: The idea

June 22, 2009 on 8:49 pm | In Getting started | 3 Comments

I just rode a bike from one end of New Zealand to the other and as I went I raised funds for a small charity, TASC, that does fantastic things for people with spinal injuries.  When I started, right back at the very beginning when I came up with the crazy idea to spend 7 weeks on a bike, I had no idea what I was doing or how to organise it.  Now, after having two weeks to recover from my ride of 2,266 kilometres from Stewart Island in the south up to Cape Reinga in the north, I thought it was time to reflect and take a look at the anatomy of exactly what I just did. Continue reading An idiot’s guide to a charity bike ride – Part I: The idea…

To the end and beyond

June 13, 2009 on 7:21 am | In Notes from the bike | 7 Comments

Being on the home stretch now, things were starting to sink in a little. The fact that the end of my journey was only a few days ride away was both exciting and a little disconcerting. I was so excited to be heading into my home turf and getting closer and closer to my family, but I was worried what would happen at the end. What would it be like when I finish. Would it be like “oh, okay, that was that” or would I break down and cry on my knees? Would I turn around and ride back down to Stewart Island? Continue reading To the end and beyond…

Video log – Getting to the end

June 6, 2009 on 10:56 pm | In Video logs | 13 Comments

The last leg of the journey. Auckland to the cape. What will I do now?

Made it!

June 6, 2009 on 3:54 pm | In Notes from the bike | 4 Comments

I have officially made it! I touched the lighthouse at 12:00 and was met by my family eager to get their husband and dad back. I couldn’t tweet my finish as there is no coverage on any network pretty much north of Houhura. Full blog and video coming soon once I have got home and showered. Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaaa

Route Fri 5th June – Houhora to Waitiki Landing

June 5, 2009 on 8:52 pm | In Daily routes | No Comments

After this 1 day to go.


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