Bike challenge’s pedal power
People in the South Waikato are being asked to take a leaf out of local champion cyclist Jim Mcmurray’s book this month and get on their bikes.
More than 760 organisations and 6400 New Zealanders are gearing up for the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) first Aotearoa Bike Challenge which kicks of today until the end of the month.
The Challenge, which requires participants to take a minimum 10 minute journey by bike a day, is based on the global Love to Ride platform and encourages Kiwis to give cycling a go with tailored guidance and tips, workplace competition, and lots of prizes on offer.
Broadcaster and mother Carly Flynn, who grew up in Taupo, said incorporating 10 minutes of biking a day was attainable for so many Kiwis.
‘‘We are relatively new to biking as a family, but now that both our kids can ride it’s opened up a whole new world to us,’’ she said.
As well as encouraging individuals to cycle, the challenge is suited to workplaces with different departments and locations able to enter as a team.
To give riders extra incentive there’s an ebike, Panasonic television, cycling gear, movie vouchers, and other prizes to win.
Registrations will remain open until February 28. Visit aotearoa.bike for more.