On a cool April morning in Auckland, 11 Blind Foundation clients, four Community and Life Enrichment staff and six volunteers made their way to Onehunga for this year’s North Island Regional Tandem Bike Ride.
The 25 km cycle started from Taumanu Reserve, taking participants over the old Mangere Bridge and along the Manukau Harbour shore line to Ambury Farm. Stopping along the way for lunch, the team then continued on the gravel path through Ambury Farm out to Puketutu Island.
The day was created as an introduction to tandem bike riding. It provided clients of the Blind Foundation recreational opportunity to experience riding a bike through different environments.
One participant from the day said, “it was a good day, with the fine weather, we all enjoyed the exercise as most of us are new to cycling, I enjoyed the challenge of trying something new.”
This wasn’t the first regional tandem bike ride to take place this year, as the South Island equivalent took place in March. The South Island Regional Tandem Bike Ride took place over two days and covered a total of 73km.
Starting in Lawrence, the ride took participants over the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail, riding 42 km and staying overnight at Millers Flat Holiday park. They then rode 31km the following day finishing up at The Roxburgh Dam.
Blind Foundation client Pete Ruddenklau was determined to finish the whole distance, even though he had to push through rain and a sore backside on the last day. Pete finished and was really pleased he carried on and completed the full distance. “I loved every bit of it, couldn’t fault it. I had a great guide on my bike who told me all about the history of the region as we went along and what we were passing. I would recommend it to everyone,” said Pete.