He ara roa. He ora roa.
Finish time - 3 days 13hrs 11mins 1530km 26,000m climbing
With The Long White Ride World Record attempt postponed until Feb 21 it’s been great to be able to take part in VRAAM, the world's largest virtual ultra cycling event based on the toughest ultra cycling race in the world - Race Across America.
To place 4th overall and 1st woman by a staggering 13hrs was, Joanna said, surprising! Read more in her blog...
ULTRA ENDURANCE CYCLIST
With the Long White Ride on pause until Feb 2021 due to covid-19 interruptions, you may ask "what is Joanna doing to keep cycling, stay fit and raising awareness for Bowel Cancer New Zealand?"
The LWR team were all quick to regroup and continue to work towards this new 2021 start date for the ride with the whole team still committed to raising the bar for a record ride and raising awareness for Bowel Cancer New Zealand.
Whilst the crew and sponsors remain excited 'but on pause' Joanna is committed to maintaining her extremely high level of fitness and focus for the LWR challenge ... still another 8 months out. So when an opportunity to take part in a 'World first' virtual cycle event came to her, she was quick to jump in.
Having now become the 1st woman to win this event and placing 4th overall out of an international field of over 80 ultra cyclists Joanna is ecstatic. A short break to recover from the arduous race is now on the cards before a hefty 8 months of training to be ready for the new Long White Ride start date of February 2021. Keep an eye on Joanna's blogs for regular updates on how shes progressing and what shes up to.
Why Ride the length of New Zealand?
Joanna has now confirmed the new date of February 2021 to cycle the length of New Zealand, solo. And in the process looking to set a woman’s and Guinness world record for the 2,170km journey. It will be a massive (yes massive) challenge - but as Joanna says - totally worth it.
So it remains vital with eight months ahead to the main event to maintain and improve her fitness levels leading up to the February 2021 world record attempt. And Joanna is not short on motivation to maintain her ultra high level of fitness and focus leading up to the new start date. To help with this - Joanna has embarked on yet another major endurance ride starting 16 June 2020 - competing in the incredible 1550 km virtual Race Across the West of America. You can follow the race online.
Added to this, in April 2020 Joanna has already contributed a 387km virtual ride, her part of a relay with a team from the UK circumnavigating the world in one day. This was to raise money for NHS Charities and resulted in £250,000 being raised in total. It took her over 17hrs to complete her part in the fund raiser and was the longest time she has spent on an indoor trainer in one go. Said Joanna: “it was a hot and sweaty day but I did get to watch a lot of tv as well so I’ll be dialling in some good tv shows for this next adventure that’s for sure.” With a goal of 4-5 days to finish the VRAW race I’m sure she’d be grateful for some ideas.
SUPPORTING BOWEL CANCER NZ ORG
A few years ago after going through her own scares Joanna realised just how very lucky she is, and in meeting persons less fortunate in their cancer prognosis - she realised and that if only we took our gut health more seriously, talked about it more and could make more people aware of signs and symptoms of this disease that more people would have an opportunity for early detection and hopefully saved from any terminal diagnosis.
In the lead up to this adventure and as part of preparations for such a massive ultra endurance ride, in November 2019 Joanna completed and was 'first woman to finish' the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge – The Taupo Maxi. That is a 640km race comprising four laps around Lake Taupo. It was a great chance for her and her support crew to practice and acquaint with a solid 27 hours 'non-stop' in the saddle.
In October 2018 Joanna won the K4 Cycle Race. It was ‘a dream come true’. The toughest 1 day race in the world, ‘so they say!’ She enjoyed every minute, which included 15+ hours in the saddle and 6000 meters of climbing that the 400km race presented.
Joanna is also the current womens record holder for the 300km Mt Taranaki race.
Understandably - Joanna is fizzing and ready to go to the next level challenge - The Long White Ride™.
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