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Bikes from opposite ends of the spectrum were pedalled in Oamaru last week.
A father and son who arrived on a German tandem during their cycle trip the length of New Zealand were taught how to ride a penny-farthing.
Adrian McKenzie and his son Ted (7) stayed overnight in Oamaru on March 17 before continuing south to Bluff. They started out at Cape Reinga on February 28 on a voyage called “Adrian’s Ride for Halberg”.
As that suggests, the Raumati duo are raising awareness of and money for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, which provided funding for a tandem so Ted could ride a bike.
“Ted has cerebral palsy and deafness as a result of contracting pneumococcal meningitis,” Mr McKenzie said.
“As a baby his initial prognosis was very bleak, but thankfully he’s done much better than that.
“The bike has been a big part of Ted’s rehabilitation. He was 5 when we got it and unable to walk. The fitness and the core strength it gave him assisted greatly and not long after we saw him taking his first steps.
“So I’ve set myself the challenge of riding the tandem from Cape Reinga to Bluff to repay the kindness of the Halberg Foundation. I figure this is a way to showcase what people with disabilities can do _ and to show what great work the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation does.”Ted was enthralled by the penny-farthing, absorbing every detail of the instructions from local rider Sophia Leon de la Barra. He borrowed her bowler hat to look the part while she helped wheel him around on the unfamiliar bike.
Mr McKenzie also tried out the penny-farthing, commenting on what a contrast it was to the tandem.
His wife and niece are part of the support crew for the trip, travelling in a camper van that carries their supplies and provides accommodation if needed.
They have been joined by friends and supporters on many stages of the journey. North Otago’s Shane Carter, a former rugby team-mate of Mr McKenzie, biked 40km with them.
Paralympians from New Zealand and Britain have also accompanied the McKenzies, as has London Olympics men’s double sculls rowing gold medallist Joe Sullivan.
A $3 donation to the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation can be made by texting Halberg to 8595.

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