Me­dia match up spins into plea for fast fol­low­ers


‘‘If you're keen, have your own bike, want to take on 40k's, we've got the en­try fee sorted’’ An­drew Leiataua

If you’ve ever thought ‘One day I’ll get just a lit­tle bit fit­ter and do some­thing great...’, your chance has ar­rived.

The Taupo¯ Times is look­ing for a reader to take on the 40-kilo­me­tre dash from Mo­tuoapa to Taupo¯ – cy­cling, full-ef­fort, for the hon­our of the print medium.

Taupo¯ Times re­porter Robert Steven is racing MORE FM break­fast host An­drew Leiataua in the ‘‘Fun 40 Me­dia Chal­lenge’’ on Novem­ber 25.

Part of the Great Lake Cy­cle Chal­lenge, the ‘‘Fun 40’’ will show that even desk-bound of­fice work­ers can com­pete in New Zealand’s big­gest cy­cle event.

‘‘If I can do it, any­one can do it,’’ Leiataua said.

‘‘If this is an op­por­tu­nity for you to get back on the bike or im­prove your health, go ahead and get in touch.’’

Train­ing will be­gin soon, Leiataua said.

‘‘At the moment, my fit­ness in­volves run­ning a cou­ple of times a week and eat­ing pies. But the pie-to-run ra­tio seems to be more in favour of pies, at the moment.’’

Steven, aged 29 years, has pre­vi­ously cy­cled [half] the 150 km Otago Cen­tral Rail Trail, and oc­ca­sion­ally moun­tain bikes.

He is a lit­tle out of shape but de­ter­mined to train hard.

Both teams are look­ing for a Taupo¯ Dis­trict-based reader or lis­tener to join their team.

‘‘MORE FM lis­ten­ers are very ac­tive, en­er­getic, clever and will­ing and able to any­thing. I know that per­son is out there, and I need you,’’ Leiataua said.

‘‘If you’re keen, have your own bike, want to take on 40k’s, we’ve got the en­try fee sorted.’’

Steven said Taupo¯ Times read­ers were known to be de­ter­mined and com­pet­i­tive

‘‘I’ve no doubt some­one out there will seize the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the Cy­cle Chal­lenge. ‘‘Go on. Give it a go.’’ * Keen to take part in the ‘‘Fun 40’’? We’ll pro­vide a train­ing plan, the en­try fee and heaps of sup­port; you’ll only need your own bike. Email your name, phone num­ber and a few sen­tences about your­self to daniel.hutchin­son@fair­fax­me­, with ‘Fun 40’ in the sub­ject line. Visit cy­clechal­ for all the events.


An­drew Leiataua, MORE FM break­fast host, and Robert Steven from the Taupo Times are go­ing head-to-head in this year’s Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

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