Son to race against time for dad’s disease
Queenstown planner Carey Vivian will ride his mountain bike 4000km off-road from Cape Reinga to Bluff to raise awareness and funds to fight the insidious disease that struck his father two years ago.
Vivian officially launched his ambitious ride and fund-raising campaign on Saturday which is Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day.
The enthusiastic biker has competed in numerous races and is a life member of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club and a trustee of the Queenstown Trails Trust but says his ‘Race Against Time’ – which will crisscross New Zealand several times and see him riding an average of 100km per day for six weeks – is his biggest and most important bike challenge yet.
His dad Barrie Vivian has spent a lifetime designing, making, painting and fixing Vivian’s bikes.
He has also built several boats, houses, a sports car and even a two-seater aeroplane. Nothing has ever been too hard for him to fix.
‘‘Motor Neurone Disease is something that neither Dad nor anyone else can fix,’’ Vivian said. ‘‘Doctors often say they wouldn’t wish this disease on their worst enemy, as nobody understands why it happens and a cure is thought to be lifetimes away.’’
Vivian hopes to raise at least $50,000 for the association during his off-ride ride linking all the New Zealand Cycleway Trails between Cape Reinga and Bluff.
Vivian will complete his ‘‘Race Against Time’’ on a bike which his father helped modify for the fundraising ride, a project Carey knows will likely prove to be one of Barrie’s last welding jobs ever.
‘‘At least I know that when it comes time for the ride, I amin safe hands. His welding has never failed me.’’
He says the funds raised by his ride will be too late to help his dad.
‘‘What has inspired me and my family is knowing that the funds and awareness raised will help New Zealanders who suffer the same fate as my dad in the future.
‘‘They, like dad, will be faced with their own race against time to do everything they ever wanted before it is too late.’’
The ride is scheduled for February next year.
● For more information and to support Carey please visit: raceagainsttime.co.nz.
It’s personal: Carey Vivian is planning his own Race Against Time to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association.