Looping Lake Taupo the 'final biggie'

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 12:01 24/01/2013

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Colin Anderson is barely cold from his 24-hour world record ride on Sunday, but he has already set his next goal.

He intends to ride 65 laps of Lake Taupo inside three months.

"Then, just perhaps, I'll hit my 66th year with my feet on the ground and rest up a tad," he said.

But for now, don't ask him to touch his toes, because he will topple over following his exertions at the weekend.

Anderson is calling it his "final biggie", the last segment of his extreme riding in his 65th year.

"This last one is going to be pretty hard, biking by myself for the best part of three months. I will probably have to put the odd double lap in."

He has broken the news to his family, including his three sons, who were at Feilding for his 24-hour marathon.

Anderson estimates that he will pedal more than 10,400km in 70 days of cycling. The route will be the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge enduro circuit via Ben Lomond, the huge hill on the Western Bays road 25km from Taupo.

"It really has to be completed by late May so I [can] get to Brisbane and have a couple of light ones at a nephew's wedding," he said.

"I have got a bit of recovery to do, and will have to learn how to ride hills again."

Anderson has spent the past few months travelling between Palmerston North and Feilding by either car or cycle.

He is hoping to be riding his first lap by about February 18, staying at a rented bach at Acacia Bay. Wife Christine might ride with him for a few days, as well as friends John Burmeister and John Lithgow.

"It is not much different than what I basically do here and at work," he said.

As a postie, he covers 25km a day, and most days he sets off on an 80km training ride. He is no stranger to Lake Taupo, having circled it 67 times in the past 24 years.

"Again, the ride has a focus on cancer, and I shall be raising funds for CanTeen NZ."

He already has a pledge from Garth Barfoot, of Auckland real estate firm Barfoot & Thompson, for $50 per completed lap. "I have this theory that if you don't ask, you'll never get an answer, and positive replies from the likes of Mr Barfoot, who I only met at Taupo this year, confirm my thoughts."

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- Manawatu Standard

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