Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Capt Wilson rides the length of New Zealand


Last year on Nov 14th Capt Wilson of the Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club set out to be the first ever person to ride a penny farthing bicycle the length of New Zealand. The bicycle he used for this historic ride was built by myself when I lived back in Oamaru , New Zealand. It is a 54 inch replica penny farthing bicycle from the late 1880s and upon it he attached a number of traditional leather and canvas touring bags to hold all his camping supplies and clothing for 3 months on the road. This ride was totally unsupported and he often camped beside the road on his journey to Cape Reinga at the very top of NZ from his starting point on Stewart Island at the bottom of NZ. In total it has taken him 51 days and about 2000 km to reach the top and has now made New Zealand cycling history as the 1st person to have ridden this route. Pictured above is Capt Wilson at the finish at Cape Reinga on Sat 18th of Feb at 2.32pm.

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