Thursday March 29, 2018
Patrick’s nationwide bike tour illfated but worth it in the end By Jamie Adams
Illness may have robbed him of the chance to ride the entire length of New Zealand, but Newtown’s Patrick Morgan is thrilled to have taken part in Tour Aotearoa for 2018. Patrick, the project manager of the Cycling Action Network, cycled about two-thirds of a 3000km journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff as a member of a brevet (organised nonrace) involving up to 600 others. “I started on February 10 and got to Bluff on March 9.” A stomach bug forced him to abandon about 1000km of the North Island journey soon after he began. He resumed his journey in the lower North Island and was able to cover the entire, and more demanding, South Island route. Patrick had put about a year’s planning and training into the ride. “I went for weekend rides with friends in the back roads of the Wairarapa and Otaki Gorge.” The tour involved a combination of roads, tracks and trails, and while that included negotiating some steep mountain passes, Patrick believes the toughest part was actually on
day one when they rode the length of Ninety Mile Beach. “You’re riding on a beach all day long and mentally it’s tough because there’s not a variety of scenery you get from mountain biking.” By contrast he enjoyed riding through the mountainous terrain of Otago and around Murchison. As a brevet, riders had to be selfsufficient and there were strict rules about the amount of time people could ride. “It’s not a race, otherwise some would have rode three days without sleeping,” Patrick says. “We all had to spend six hours a day off our bikes.” Participants had to complete the tour in under 30 days but no sooner than 10. There were also 30 “photo control points” to prove riders had gone through the area. Patrick recommends the brevet to any rider of moderate fitness who is willing to tackle hundreds of kilometres of cycling. “The oldest rider was in his 70s and the youngest was a 10-year-old with her father.” He hopes to redo it, fully, sometime in the future.
Newtown cycling advocate Patrick Morgan reaches Bluff, the end of this year’s Tour Aotearoa. PHOTO: Supplied
Seatoun’s wheely little racers
Arlo Verhoeven (age 3) takes the lead at Seatoun Kindy’s ‘Wheelathon’ last Friday. Behind him in hot pursuit, from left: Kieran Wells (7) teacher Kerrie Duncan, Joachim Dias (4) and Katie Young (6). PHOTO: Felix Desmarais By Felix Desmarais JOURNALISM STUDENT
Young hooligans were on the loose in Seatoun last week but you won’t be seeing any of them locked up in time out. Seatoun Kindergarten celebrated its annual ‘wheela-
thon’ on March 16 which saw around 50 children from ages three to 12 zooming around a car park to raise funds to keep the kindy running. It was the first wheelathon for Justine Coull, mum to Theo (5), William (3) and Elspeth (1).
Justine says her young family feels very at home in Seatoun. “We’re from abroad and we love it here. “You see kids riding around [in Seatoun] and you don’t get that very often anymore.” Head teacher Tara Jones
says the wheelathon funds will go towards equipment and upgrading old facilities. “It’s a really good community. For me, what this place is is a place where people can meet. “They can come and have a cuppa. It’s a hub.”
Car parks replaced as resilience project under way Coastal Lyall Bay residents are advised to expect disruption as a beach resilience project gets under way. Wellington City Council says the aim of the project is to improve the beach robustness for Lyall Bay. This includes encouraging the establishment of sand dunes and providing defence for roads, footpaths and other structures located adjacent to the beach. The work involves removing a large section of the existing beachside car park, which is regularly subjected to wave action and has also suffered considerable damage during recent storms. To cater for beach users, a new 26-space car park will be established on the northern side of Lyall Parade, to the west of Cochrane Street, prior to seawall improvement works. The affected area is in and around the intersection of Lyall Parade and Cochrane Street, extending to beginning of Moa Point Road. Work is being done in two stages, with it all expected to be completed by August 29. Work hours will be 6.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. While the council does not anticipate any major disruptions to bus services, some other car parks may need to be closed in order for traffic to flow during road works, which will be undertaken by Fulton Hogan.
Cook Strait News 29-03-18