Andy has record in his sights

19:33, Jan 27 2014
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Penny-farthing rider Andy Fraser has his sights set on the length of New Zealand.

With Mt Taranaki conquered, penny-farthing rider Andy Fraser has his sights set on the length of New Zealand.

Mr Fraser was one of nearly 1200 riders competing for fun in the Tenix sponsored Taranaki Cycle Challenge on Saturday.

Mr Fraser, who came in 542nd overall and 1st in the one-man penny-farthing category, said it's more of a personal challenge than anything.

"You train for it, eat the right food. It's a battle between me and the bike really, I like to think I win."

"I'm still the record holder around Lake Taupo.

"I'm the only one so I never lose.

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"I've only got to get across the finish line," he said.

Mr Fraser and the bike will take on one-day rides in the Manawatu and Bay of Plenty, before a Bluff to Cape Reinga trip next year.

The cycle challenge was followed by food, live entertainment and spot prizes, and event organiser Selwyn Brown said feedback from riders had been really positive.

"So many said it was their favourite New Zealand recreational ride," Mr Brown said.

"It's an iconic event, fairly magical and unique."he said.

This year three parafed teams took to the roads, and an accumulatorrelay event was added to the programme.

"There was a sense of pride in Taranaki, getting people around our mountain on a sunny day," he said.

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