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2170 KM



Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding covid-19 and precautions we at LWR are taking to protect the well-being and health of our New Zealand wide family, friends and supporters.  We have pressed "pause" for now. The Long White Ride is postponed until further notice.

A New Start Date will be announced once we are in a position to do so. 

Ngā mihi maioha - greatly appreciated and thank you. Arohanui.

Joanna Sharpe.

Joanna Sharpe


Once we get back on track, we can advise that Joanna will again look forward to setting off from Cape Reinga in the Far North to cycle the length of New Zealand, solo. And while Joanna is looking to set a world record for completing the 2170km journey in the fastest time, a massive sporting challenge in itself,  Joanna is also completing the ultra-endurance event to raise awareness and funds ‘along the way’ for Bowel Cancer New Zealand education, early diagnosis, support and care.  

Says Joanna “I hope that by setting a women’s world record I can raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of Bowel Cancer, to save lives through early detection and at the same time encourage others to dream big and reach for the stars ”.

Why Ride

Joanna will be cycling the length of New Zealand, solo, to set a woman’s and Guinness world record for the 2,170km journey.  It will be a massive challenge  - but as Joanna says - totally worth it.


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™.

Track Joanna's latest race progress as she competes to complete the ultimate New Zealand solo cycling endurance challenge - The Long White Ride™.



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