Veteran cyclist finishes another extreme ride

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:23 07/04/2014

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Colin Anderson slept like the dead on Saturday night.

That was after the veteran Manawatu cyclist had completed a 1000km ride at the Marlborough GrapeRide, which is usually a 100km ride around the Queen Charlotte Sounds, but to mark its 10th year, 16 riders did 10 laps.

Starting at 11am on Thursday, Anderson took until 2.30pm on Saturday to complete the circuit from Blenheim, Picton, Havelock, Renwick and back to Blenheim 10 times.

Anderson had a motel room at Renwick for changing clothes, re-fuelling and a quick rest, but it took some prodding from his son Brett to get him up on the last night.

"I'm pretty tired," Anderson said. "It went fairly well.

"It had its moments as anything does when it goes for two and a bit days non-stop."

He rode by himself for most of it and had a problem with one of his bikes which saw the bars pushing on the back brakes and made it even harder.

The hills between Picton and Havelock were tiring and Anderson said he was in a bad state in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Anderson rode two laps (320km) of Lake Taupo in December and completed 65 laps over three months a year ago.

"I don't think you every get used to them. I rank [Marlborough] pretty blimming hard.

"I knew it was going to be pretty hard having done the five laps three times [previously]. I've got a lot of respect for the Blenheim hills." He said the two nights were mired in fog and it was hard riding by himself in the cold.

Anderson doesn't have another extreme ride planned yet as he never plans too far ahead. For now he was stretching his legs out and taking a holiday with his wife in the South Island. Ashhurst cyclist Jeremy Rowe had to pull out midway through the ride.

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- Manawatu Standard

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