Op­er­a­tion Ride huge chal­lenge

Bay News - - NEWS - Re­becca Mauger Se­nior re­porter

If you have ever rid­den a bi­cy­cle long dis­tance, you know how ex­haust­ing it can be.

Imag­ine rid­ing the length of New Zealand. Then imag­ine us­ing just your arms . . .

Op­er­a­tion Ride 2018 saw a team of in­jured sol­diers tak­ing on a trip from Bluff to Cape Reinga on tan­dem bikes in 20 days to raise money for their char­i­ties.

One of the Op­er­a­tion Ride cy­clists rode ev­ery kilo­me­tre of the trip and is be­lieved to be the first ever to com­plete it us­ing just his arms. The thought of un­der­tak­ing such an ex­treme race tack­ling the hilly ter­rains of New Zealand is daunt­ing enough on a bike, let alone a tan­dem bike where two peo­ple must work care­fully as a team.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the teams who took on this amaz­ing race to raise money for SSAANZ— about $13,000— which aims to boost the con­fi­dence of in­jured sol­diers through sport­ing and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

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