Nelson cyclists’ New Zealand charity ride

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Chris Burr and Brenda Clapp’s epic bike ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff is going to the dogs and they couldn’t be happier.

The well-known Nelson cycling couple arrived in Nelson on Tuesday, just over a week after leaving Cape Reinga at the start of the inaugural 3000km Tour Aotearoa.  Chris says they have been averaging around 150km a day on the tour so far but expect that to increase as they hit the faster South Island roads, cycleways and mountain bike tracks.

“It’s been amazing,” Chris says. “It’s the greatest holiday ever.

“We are averaging around 150km a day, riding 130km on the tougher days and over 200km in the bigger days. We try to get our tent pitched by eight each night and then get back on the road by 6.30 the next morning so the are big days.”

Chris says he is losing weight despite “eating too many pies” while Brenda is living off One Square Meals and protein drinks.  On Tuesday, they enjoyed a quick lunch at their Richmond home before heading south towards Wakefield and the Pigeon Valley.

Although Chris and Brenda seldom need an excuse to get on their bikes and ride off into the distance, their latest cycling adventure is doubling as a fundraiser for the Nelson Ark.

“We’re taking the opportunity to promote the Nelson Ark’ when we ride,” Chris says. “The Ark provides an amazing service that brings troubled teens together with SPCA and pound dogs to help them learn compassion, respect and responsibility so it’s a great charity.”

Chris says  are raising funds through Instagram @better_with_dogs and Facebook @thenelsonARK.

There are over 20 Nelson cyclists on the tour including champion endurance rider Ollie Whalley and Anja McDonald who are the leading male and female riders. All riders carry a spot tracker and their progress can be followed on touraotearoa.nz.