Pups to join cycling challenge for SPCA
Only a howling gale will keep Nicky Martin and her two jack russells off their bike next month.
Martin is taking part in The Big Easy Cycle challenge on April 15, where people of all abilities will follow a 42-kilometre route of Hawke’s Bay cycle trails from Havelock North to Taradale’s Church Road Winery.
People and businesses can sponsor the ride, with money donated to Napier SPCA.
Martin said she began cycling with her two dogs in baskets either side of her back wheel ’’long before it was fashionable,’’ about eight or nine years ago.
Pypa, 13, and Lacee, 5, combined weigh about 11-kilograms and wear matching SPCA vests.
Martin clips them into their baskets after Lacee previously leapt from her seat.
‘‘We were out one day and we saw a rabbit and [Lacee] jumped out to get it and we all fell off.’’
If the weather is nice the trio will go for three shorter morning rides each week, then one long full-day ride with a picnic in tow.
The Big Easy’s distance was slightly too long for her, but Martin was confident she could complete it.
‘‘I’ll be all the way at the back of the pack, it’s just a bit far for me - I’m not giving into an electric bike yet,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m determined. Only howling gale will stop me.’’
Napier’s SPCA was her chosen charity and Martin described herself as an animal lover. She has a owned four jack russells, including Pypa and Lacee, who happily roam around her Taradale home, chewing at bones.
‘‘They are just like kids.’’
Her previous dogs competed in the popular Tux Wonder Dogs television series.
‘‘That was an experience. They treated us like royalty, but it was hard work, long days and freezing cold, but it was just great.’’
To support Martin contact Napier SPCA and sponsor her ride, or stop for a chat if you see her pedalling with her barking cargo around the region’s limestone paths.
Nicky Martin with her dogs Pypa and Lacee in their bike baskets.