Jane Sheard, Wayne Watson, Mark Solly, Andy Evans, Warren Mclean, Kelly Ford, Belinda Reuburn, Tina Cotton, Claire McAuley, Lance Roozenberg, and Chelsea Routhan, celebrating Nelmac’s victory in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Photo: Matt McCrorie.

Nelmac triumphant in bike challenge

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Nelmac has claimed victory in this year’s Bike Aotearoa challenge, beating out both Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council for the top spot in the region.

The Aotearoa Bike challenge is a national challenge that encourages workplaces to get their staff on their bikes more.

The workplace gains points for every kilometre biked during the challenge.

Last year, Nelmac logged 6,322km in their first attempt at the challenge.

However, in 2020 the company returned with a vengeance, flying past both the Nelson City Council and the Tasman District Council to claim victory in the region, as well as coming second overall in their category nationally, hitting 14,825km this year.

Lance Roozenberg from Nelmac, who helped organise the challenge for the company, says that the victory feels “amazing”.

“The whole basis for doing it is to get people considering alternative modes of transport, so rather than taking a car you might take a bike,” Lance says.

“Last year we kept up with Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council, but it’s great we were able to stay ahead of them.”

Lance says that the Nelmac team really got behind the challenge this year.

“Everyone was really keen on it. We had heaps of new riders, and a lot of people who did it last year just carried on cycling throughout the year.”

While a huge cycling campaign like Bike Aotearoa is good for the environment, and the health and fitness of those taking part, Lance says that Nelmac also wanted their campaign to have a positive impact on the community.

“We decided to bike for a cause, and we raised $400 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson.”

Chelsea Routhan, from Big Brothers Big Sisters, says that the support is “fantastic”.

“We are completely reliant on the community to offer our service, and we’ve currently got 42 children on our waiting list, so every dollar counts.”