In the early 2000’s Coronet Peak Ski Field in Queenstown hosted the Compaq/HP 50k of Coronet charity ski endurance race. Teams raced through the night to complete the required 101 laps in just over 16 hrs.
I am going to replicate this 50k race on my mountain bike. However I don’t have the luxury of getting the ski lift to the top. I have to ride my bike up and down the Coronet Peak enduro trail 101 times to complete the 50 kilometres of vertical ascent/descent. While this may be possible in a lifetime, the challenge I have set myself is to do this within ten consecutive days, in the heat of summer, and by myself (with hopefully some friends and family to support me at times).
To have any chance of achieving this I will have to turn my body into a ‘climbing machine’ between now and then. At 82 kg I am far from that! However I have already made some major changes to my lifestyle to get into the best shape I can be at 43 years old to have the slightest chance of completing the 101 laps. Even then, I still don’t know if it will be enough.
The purpose of this ride, like my 2015 ride, is to raise awareness about motor neurone disease and fundraise for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand (MND NZ). Please click on My Dad page to see why helping the association is so important to me (and my family).
This ride fundraises for the MND NZ in two different ways. You can pledge your support by sponsoring me on a per lap basis (to a maximum of 101 laps). For example, if you pledge $1 per lap, and I complete 38 laps within the 10 days, then you pay the MND NZ $38. Or, alternatively, you can make a one-off donation. Either way, all funds raised by pledges or donations go direct to the MND NZ to help those with the disease.