The USO Bike Ride from Bluff to Cape sees 32 riders cycling the length of New Zealand to raise awareness around men’s health. They're peddling their messages, stories and inspiration around the country, visiting communities along the way to lift the silence on men’s personal issues.
Led by Talalelei Taufale, Chris Te'o and Meriama Taufale, the event aims to promote cycling as transport and to improve overall health and wellbeing.
This year is particularly special as it marks five years since Chris Te’o, along with his brother-in-law Mark Lerwill, cycled from Auckland to Porirua. The event has grown bigger and the messages spread wider since that first ride, and this year will undoubtedly improve the event's scope.
This will be the first time the ride has taken place in February (previously October) and the first time travelling south to north (previously north to south).
A karakia, waiata and haka will take place at the beginning of the ride from Bluff on February 11th. They will have fono in Christchurch and along the way through the South Island they will have informal refreshment stops in smaller towns.
In Wellington a breakfast fono will be held at the PIC Church in Newtown and an afternoon visit to spend time with the students at Porirua College. The following evening they aim to spend time with students at Hato Paora College.
In Flaxmere, community cyclists will greet and guide the team to the Cook Island Community Hall where the evening fono will be held. When the team reaches Cambridge, they will meet with Cycling NZ staff and have an opportunity to cycle on the Avantidrome - the world-class indoor cycling velodrome.
South Auckland/ Mangere community members will have the opportunity to join USO on the bike as they approach Mangere. Here they will have a community celebration followed by an evening Cancer Awareness workshop. Community members from Flaxmere and the Hawke’s Bay are invited to join the USO bike ride when in the area.
The riders will cycle from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga on the final day to finish the ride.
This year the ride is being shared around the country through social media and live streaming.