It’s almost two weeks since Southland and I’m back on the bike with a new challenge and a new programme.
Next weekend is the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, and thousands and thousands aim to better the time they did the previous year.
Taupo is packed out for the event, virtually every hotel/motel is booked out and, from memory, one of the gas stations last year ran out of petrol.
To say it is popular is an understatement.
For me, it’s back into competition and a terrain that I prefer; undulating roads with a few climbs biffed in for good measure and a longer distance, 160km.
As some of you may know, Upper Hutt Leader sports editor Colin Williams, 54, is a hitter on two wheels.
His goal is “mate, I want to do under six [hours]... if the conditions are good’’.
So I’ve issued him a challenge.
He has to complete the race in under 5 hours 50 minutes.And I have to finish in under 4 hours 10 minutes.
The loser has to buy the other a pie and a milkshake.
Colin says he is a born-again cyclist and this year has raced the Tour de Whitemans, Tour of Wairarapa, Martinborough, Lake Wairarapa, and is (sometimes) competitive on the Upper Hutt Cranks social rides.
“Im not quite sure I’m at where I was last year,” he says.
“I live in Silverstream yet still manage to avoid the Blue Mountains’’ (a great climb he lives virtually at the bottom of)
I’m coming off the back of the Tour of Southland where I came 30th on stage 5 (180km finishing up Crown Range), and I have several regional and club bike races under my belt.
So it should be a good battle.
Tune in to hear how it’s going.
- Upper Hutt Leader