Vintage Roadies biking 100km from Christchurch to Akaroa for charity
John Winkie was 12 and dwelling in London when he purchased a second-hand Duckett Superlite racing bike in 1953.
It value £18 – nearly twice the common weekly wage on the time – and he would trip it to highschool and to do his paper spherical.
The tremendous match 79-year-old will on Saturday lead a group of pedal-powered pensioners as they trip from Christchurch to Akaroa, recreating one of many nation’s hardest one-day cycle routes.
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Undeterred, Winkie and his biking buddies – who’re of their 60s and 70s – will cycle the 100-kilometre route to lift cash for the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust, after their buddy suffered a extreme spinal harm in February.
As if the gap and the 1600m hill climb weren’t sufficient, Winkie will full the course on a motorbike that is about as previous as him, having introduced it with him when he immigrated to New Zealand in 1973.
The group – dubbed the Antique Roadies – can be made up of Leon Gunderson, 76, John Linton, 74, Denis Horner, 70, Simon Hempseed, 69 and Malcolm Johnstone, the youngest of the group at 66.
Winkie’s boyhood bike initially had six gears however was upgraded to 14 within the Eighties. New spokes have additionally been added.
The Superlite’s body is product of metal tubing, which was top-of-the-range in its day, however continues to be heavier than trendy titanium or carbon fibre fashions.
Winkie, from Warkworth, mentioned he was “moderately assured” he would be capable to full the course on the vintage bike.
“I will get there, however you are at all times somewhat bit apprehensive, everytime you sit on the beginning line of any race.”
Their plan is to lift at the least $80,000 to assist fund analysis into remedy for spinal wire accidents after their buddy, Jim Dollimore, was badly damage in a mountain biking accident and obtained profitable remedy at Christchurch’s Burwood Spinal Unit.
Winkie, who has two youngsters and 7 grandchildren, mentioned he took up “severe” biking when he was 40.
He has competed in street, observe and mountain bike races and holds the title of Masters World Mountain Biking Champion.
He’s additionally an engineer and invented the revolutionary Keywin Pace Pedal within the early Eighties. As we speak, the “twist-out launch” precept has been adopted by nearly all racing bike pedal makers.
In April, he’ll flip 80, and he says he has been “blessed with good well being” to nonetheless be driving.
“Biking helps. I really like consuming, so biking retains the load off. I simply love getting out on my bike.”
Donations to the group could be made here.