At the finish line! Bluff. 07 Feb 2021
Joanna Sharpe... you did it!
Cape Reinga to Bluff!
6 days, 9 hours, 19 minutes and 21 seconds.
DESPITE THE MASSIVE (HUGE) CHALLENGES including HI WINDS, COOK STRAIT JUGGLES, HI ENERGY NEEDS, ROAD CLOSURES, CRAZY TRAFFIC, BODY BATTLES and more... you completed the journey... and set a new record.
The LWR team are super proud of Joanna Sharpe in completing this record ride. The first woman ultra-endurance cyclist to complete Cape Reinga to Bluff in under a week. A ride that has raised new awareness for Bowel Cancer New Zealand, and honours the memory of our great friend 'Britt Mill' who passed from bowel cancer in 2020.
While a lot has been achieved, and we are so very proud, there is still much that can be done. We hope that this ride will be able to continue to raise awareness, grow BCNZ funds and help save lives.
ULTRA ENDURANCE CYCLIST
Starting 6am 1 February 2021 I will be cycling the length of New Zealand, solo, to set a world record for completing the 2100km journey in the fastest time. I will be raising funds and awareness for Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) along the way. I hope that by setting a woman’s world record I can inspire other people to dream big but to also raise awareness for Bowel Cancer NZ
Over the years I’ve found that I mostly just love having adventures. I’m not as excited by a win or a podium as I am by the challenge of achieving something that is seemingly impossible, to challenge myself to do what most think is insurmountable and so my love of ultra-distance cycling has grown. I’ve had some great adventure, represented New Zealand, stood on my fair share of podiums and set a few records along the way, it’s been one awesome ride already.
I wanted to use my sport and the profile that a crazy adventure can create to help increase awareness for Bowel Cancer NZ A very good friend of mine Britt Mill was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in 2017 after 6 years of misdiagnosis and sadly passed away in 2020. I had my own scare in 2019 and this has spurred me to do all I can to improve awareness, increasing early diagnosis meaning nobody need to experience a terminal diagnosis like Britt, Bowel cancer, whilst being our 2nd largest cancer killer, is in most cases treatable assuming diagnosis happens early and increasing peoples awareness of the symptoms and encouraging them to get checked is my “why” for this world record attempt
.We hope you enjoy following our adventure and feel inspired to support Bowel Cancer New Zealand along the way.
He ara roa, he ora roa - a long journey, long health and life.
We are a national patient and family-led charity aiming to reduce the impact of bowel cancer on the New Zealand community through awareness, education, support, research and promotion of access to appropriate screening and treatments. Through our work we aim to save lives from the second biggest cancer killer in New Zealand.