Meet the cyclists riding for Karioi Project
We’re looking forward to this weekend’s Karioi Classic! It is a special year with both of us celebrating our 10th year anniversaries. As part of this celebration we have created a way for race entrants to raise funds to help The Karioi Project to continue our restoration work on Karioi Maunga, while riding around and lapping up the beauty of our area.
Tim Duff, AKA Whale Bay Biker Boy, is one of the everyday heroes that is choosing to make his ride mean something more.
Tim writes, “When I'm out peddling or paddling I love looking up at the mountain. I like climbing the mountain. I’ve climbed it since I was a little boy. We used to follow a stream up and bush crash off the track, but we would never get lost because we knew we could just flow the stream back down.”
Tim’s training has included tons of surfing, single waka ama, gym work, yoga, volunteering on Karioi trap lines, healthy eating and living. And “almost no biking,” he says!
Last year Tim rode the Classic to raise funds for a baby Rhino in and orphanage in Africa. “That was awesome.”
He’s getting close to his goal of $2000 thanks to individuals from all over the world and local business sponsorship from Raglan Coconut Yogurt, Hoult Construction, Raglan Tiny House Escapes, White Building and Raglan Carriers. Tim says “Yea, there is quite a few sponsors but should be heaps more. If the community gave up buying coffee for a week, we would raise probably 10 or 20 K. Gave up alcohol for a week, it would be possibly 100k. That would make a huge difference.”
Andrew McConnell, another volunteer, is also raising funds and getting close to his goal. “I’ll be destroying my legs for conservation!” says Andrew, “..the more support I get the harder I train!”
Tim Whale Bay Boy Biker
Andrew Karioi Classic XL