Bike chal­lenge’s pedal power

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - NEW ZEALAND TRANS­PORT AGENCY

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 for more.

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