Son to race against time for dad’s dis­ease

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

It’s per­sonal: Carey Vi­vian is plan­ning his own Race Against Time to sup­port the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion.

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