Bike winner keen to see NZ on tour

JARED NICOLL
Last updated 11:29 19/02/2013

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The winner of a bike in a supermarket raffle is "thrilled to bits" and plans to ride her new bike around the country.

Picton resident Janette St John was declared the winner of Fresh Choice Picton's Avanti Discovery SR Sun Tour 21-speed bike raffle and will use the bike to take part in the Tour of New Zealand cycle race in April.

Ms St John said Tour of New Zealand race director and fellow Picton resident Peter Yarrell had been lending her a bicycle and training her on rides around Marlborough since early January when she decided she wanted to compete in the tour.

"I was trying to save to buy a bike but, if I couldn't get it together, then I would have to have borrowed one," she said. "It was like a New Year's resolution to get fit and healthy and with Peter's influence I'm getting ready to travel the country."

This would be a great way to see New Zealand, she said.

Potential winners had to write their names on the back of their shopping receipts and put them in a box. Ms St John made a tactical choice to stop shopping weekly and instead buy a few items at least once every day to maximise her number of entries.

"I've been in there every single day, sometimes twice to try to win it and it's just fantastic news.

"I'm absolutely stoked, thrilled to bits . . . Thanks heaps to Fresh Choice."

Originally from Derbyshire in the scenic east English midlands, a personal favourite training ground was cycling along parts of Queen Charlotte Dr in the Marlborough Sounds.

She will have to pick which end of the country she wants to see before the tour begins in mid April because riders are split into two groups which simultaneously ride the length of the North and South Islands from April 20 to 27.

The winners from each section decide which team is top in a final one-kilometre race around Parliament in Wellington.

See tourofnewzealand.co.nz for more information.

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- The Marlborough Express

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