Cyclists show support on two-wheeled tour

A CHARITABLE collective of cyclists got on their bikes for Wooden Spoon to complete a testing two-wheeled challenge during this summer’s British & Irish Lions’ tour.

Intrepid riders from the UK and Ireland were joined by their New Zealand counterparts to take part in the Ride of the Legends, which saw participants pedal their way from Wellington – the venue for the Lions’ second test against the All Blacks – to Auckland, where the final match was held.

The six-day ride also featured a number of star names, with Lions’ legends Roger Uttley, Peter Winterbottom, Shane Byrne and Rodger Arneil and New Zealand veterans Wayne Shelford, Ian Jones, Ian Kirkpatrick, Andy Earl and Albie Anderson among those participating in the peloton.

The cyclists faced five days in the saddle, with the longest leg of the journey taking in 149km from Taupo to Matamata. Their energetic efforts raised money for Wooden Spoon and the event’s other beneficiaries, Walking With The Wounded and New Zealand-based Conductive Education.

Welcome home, congratulations and thank you to all of the riders from everyone at Wooden Spoon!