Five young gentlemen gathered at the Methven St John headquarters last week to proudly present a donation of $3500 from funds raised in this years Tour of New Zealand cycling race. Team W.H.A.T (Andrew Wright, Rob Turney, Barry Begg, David Hood and Gregor Robertson) completed the North Island leg of the Tour of New Zealand during April, battling rough weather conditions and strong competition.
Starting at Kaitaia the group cycled their way down to Wellington over seven days, where they met up with the South Island leg of the tour on day 8 for a criterium race around the Bee Hive in Wellington.
Team W.H.A.T rode strongly throughout the week and produced some great team and individual performances. By the end of day seven it was clear they had given it their all and all the hard training had paid off, finishing 3rd overall in the Open teams section.
The group would like to thank Jenny from Methven Sports Massage who made sure the team were fighting fit and ready to race each day and to Geoff for support, George and Diana Turney for the use of their Asparagus Bus and Molloy Agriculture Limited and David Hood Contracting for providing the riding kits. Team W.H.A.T really appreciate everyone who supported them by donating to St John through the Tour of New Zealand Give a Little page and attending the movie night prior to the tour.
The Tour of New Zealand is a competitive/social event that simultaneously starts at the tip of the North Island or the deep South at Five Rivers (85kms south of Queenstown) annually in April. Competitors do far more than just ride their bikes. The Tour of New Zealand supports a number of charities that riders can select to donate to. This popular race has been an event growing in numbers over the past 5 years and has collectively raised well over $700,000 in funds for charity.
More information about this event can be found at www.tourofnewzealand.co.nz.