Following the traditions of our ancestors who navigated the Pacific by Waka USO Bike Ride again navigated the length of New Zealand-Aotearoa by bike-Our waka on wheels!.
On 11th February USO Bike Ride the journey started from Bluff in the South Island - Te Waipounamu. A team of 18 Polynesian cyclists and 8 support crew started the epic cycle journey towards Cape Reinga. A distance of 2000+ kilometers.
When they reached Wellington- Te Whanganui a Tara or Poneke, a group of 14 USO Bike Rider's and 2 support crew joined the team for the journey through the North Island- Te Ika A Maui.
The purpose of the epic ride was:
Along the way team shared stories, and met with communities.
Our stories gave an insight about health journeys that many of you will know and can relate to.
The ride was tough-we encountered hot windy and testing conditions but were prepared to undertake this ride. The team had built up over a period of time developing safety plans, improving riding and group riding skills as well as fitness through Commutacating.
The ride was the first time a Polynesian group had cycled the length of New Zealand-Aotearoa both ways to spread the message of cancer awareness.
USOme NZ ride SPONSORS
Tagata Pasifika Special
USOme RIDERS and SUPPORT Crew
The backbone of health and wellbeing through cycling is Commutacating-Cycling as transport.
Many of the riders ride to and from work 3-4 times a week. Longer rides on the week ends helps to build a base for rides like the Bluff2Cape ride or annual funrides.
The beauty is that once the event has been completed riders return to their routines- Commutacating: cycling to and from work.