Cycling for Epilepsy
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Tim Chittock is taking on a record riding challenge to raise awareness for epilepsy. Tim will attempt a new record for cycling the length of New Zealand between 5 - 9 March 2018, starting in Cape Reinga and ending in Bluff.
This challenge has only been attempted four times and only two people have successfully completed it. The current record of 4 days and 10 hours was set by Marlborough cyclist Craig Harper in February 2017.
Tim, a Kiwi amateur cyclist and ambassador for Epilepsy New Zealand, hopes to knock off at least 10 hours from the current record. He has been training for this challenge while working full time as a builder in Hamilton.
Tim is taking on this challenge to raise awareness around epilepsy and raise much needed money for Epilepsy New Zealand.
“My younger brother developed epilepsy when he was three years old. He was having up to 100 seizures per day. He eventually and thankfully grew out of the condition when he was seven years old. As a family we were very grateful to Epilepsy New Zealand for their support and now it is time for me to do something for them in return.” – Tim Chittock
Tim will start his ride in Cape Reinga on Monday 5th March and all going well will be in Bluff by Friday 9th March. He will need to cycle 525 kms a day at an average speed of 27 kms an hour to break the record. He will be riding day and night with 20 minute power naps every four to five hours.