Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge

From Wellington, to Auckland, to Northland and everywhere in-between!

A busy start to 2017 for everyone it seems and for the team here at Dynamo Events it is no different. The year started with a bang on the 29th of January with round 4 of the very popular Team Championship with a sneak peek at the Age Group Nationals course that will take place […]

2016 BDO Wellington to Auckland Launch Event

Sam the weather man from Breakfast TV was on hand to help launch the BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge in Auckland yesterday. There was a great turn out of new and old faces excited about the next year’s event. The ever growing corporate challenge is back again in 2016 with some fantastic support from […]

7th BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge shaping up to be best ever

7th BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge shaping up to be best ever

The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge is now very much established on the cycling calendar as one of the ‘must do’ cycling events for riders of all abilities, a 7-day stage tour that engages with the competitor in everyone, whether it is a competition just to get to the finish as fast as possible […]

MS receive their cheque from event organisers

BDO Cycle Challenge hands over prizes and cash to delighted charities

It is not often that a privately run mass participation event hands out in excess of $120,000 in cash and prizes to charitable organisations but that is exactly what occurred tonight in Auckland. The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge is about real New Zealanders taking on the (for some) daunting prospect of riding from […]

BDO Cycle Challenge reaches final destination

BDO Cycle Challenge reaches final destination

BDO CYCLE CHALLENGE REVEALS STORIES OF KIWI INSPIRATION AND ACHIEVEMENT The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge reached its final destination in Pukekohe on the weekend, with close to 200 riders making their way safely through the final two stages from Hamilton to Glen Murray and then on to the finish line to waiting family, […]

Day Five of the Wellington to Auckland

Day Five of the Wellington to Auckland

By Andrew Dewhurst I am one very grumpy camper today. Sitting in the lead car while everyone else makes their way on their bikes from Ohakune to Turangi and then on to Taupo in the BDO Cycle Challenge is no fun at all. It really did make me realise how much I enjoy being on […]

By Andrew Dewhurst I don’t think I have ever worked so hard on the bike than I did today. Not that it was difficult or quick or overly hilly – it’s just I had one leg that refused to join the party! To be specific the right knee is stuffed – the diagnosis over the phone being tendinitis. Essentially this meant sharp shooting pains through my knee with each serious push of the pedal, meaning very few serious pushes of the right pedal for about 140km today! The hills of course were the killer, on the flat I was able to maintain some sort of momentum and rhythm but the hills stopped me dead. Anyway, with a mixture of Del Woodford from Avanti and Gordon McCauley from GMC Coaching ringing through my ears, I pushed on and finished both stages, arriving at Wanganui in one piece, albeit a bit broken. Del would be telling me to pace myself, make some adjustments and give the body a chance to cope in the days ahead, while Gordy would just be telling me to harden up and push through the pain! The weather at least came good, overcast but no rain and relatively warm for the entire day. What I did love was some of the amazing descents – some great weaving downhill runs and apart from some loose metal every now and then, relatively safe to hit some high speeds. I reached 76kph on one of them and at times was able to put a little gap on the group before the next climb – and by climb I mean anything with an upward gradient at all was proving difficult! I am dosing up on the painkillers and anti inflammatory pills and have iced the knee already today and will again tonight. Tomorrow promises plenty of climbing with Fields Track presenting an 8 and 3km climb of a steep gradient. I can only hope that some homemade treatment tonight (including smearing the knee in anti inflammatory cream and then wrapping it in glad wrap to seal it in for a nights sleep) will get me up and over the Parapara’s and then Fields Track to Ohakune. The people in this race continue to amaze me though. From 70 plus Cyril Hibberd who continues to ride amongst people half his age, to Phil the goat farmer Clapham who finished second in group 3 on the stage into Wanganui, to Helen Brown who powered through her work today and to those who helped me through a tough day – Jan Litt, Jane Carswell, and the others I can’t remember but especially Nicola who helped me up the last tiny climb to the finish line, thanks heaps, you are all an inspiration!!

Day Three of the 2014 Wellington to Auckland

By Andrew Dewhurst I don’t think I have ever worked so hard on the bike than I did today. Not that it was difficult or quick or overly hilly – it’s just I had one leg that refused to join the party! To be specific the right knee is stuffed – the diagnosis over the […]

Day Two of the 2014 Wellington to Auckland

Day Two of the 2014 Wellington to Auckland

By Andrew Dewhurst Day two of the BDO Wellington to Auckland Challenge threw up more average weather and two stages from Masterton to Palmerston North, via Pahiatua. Despite the rain and the cold, the wind was at least behind us as we made our way up the valley towards Pahiatua on a 75km stage. I […]

Start line looms

Start line looms

By Andrew Dewhurst The start line looms rather large………… Three days out from the start of the BDO Wellington to Auckland Challenge and here come the nerves once again! As mentioned in my previous blog, my build up has not been ideal. Work and life has taken over in the past few months and training […]

Training Injured

Training Injured

By Andrew Dewhurst I am facing the worst possible scenario for an elite athlete such as myself preparing for an event like the BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge – I am injured!! Seriously though, given that I am in fact far from an elite athlete and don’t have all day to sit around being […]