Having spent the last 19 years together as life partners, I am Joanna’s biggest fan. No-one is more passionate, dedicated or humble about the huge task of successfully completing the Long White Ride than her. I particularly value her “no excuses” attitude to the mammoth task of training for this spectacular event, and despite occasional ill-health, has battled through to exceed in all her training sessions.
In an endeavor to support her, and because of their unquestionable dedication to the cause of the early detection of bowel cancer, and their personal belief in Joanna, we have managed to secure the kindest, most gracious, talented support team from around the country. Through their own generosity, both those traveling and those on call at home, we get to share what I am sure, will be an unforgettable journey. Lucky us!
A bit about me. I have never owned a bicycle beyond my 1960’s Raleigh fixed gear school bike. I’m passionate about kayak fishing and now Jetski fishing as I retired approximately 10 years ago I’m able to do more of this as well as spend time with my grandbabies and help Joanna achieve this fantastic goal to help Bowel Cancer New Zealand
Driver and fan club leader!
My personal thoughts about who I am, want to be and what I do.
I am joining the Long White Ride team as a long-term friend and admirer of Joanna and Judith; I jumped on board without being asked because I believe in both of them as a team and inspiration.
My journey and experience with Lymphoma drives me every day to make someone close to me smile and forget about any worries they might have. I have a fear of missing out on something if I don't jump up straight away each morning and dive into the day.
Joanna's courage in taking on this epic physical challenge makes my experience pale in comparison....hence my eagerness to jump on board the J-train and support in any way I can. It turns out I am taking a 'Busman's Holiday' by driving the team bus and being Jude's boy for a week. Wouldn't have it any other way!
My everyday life is based around being with people and welcoming them to Rafting New Zealand in Taupo and taking them to our base in Turangi. It is hardly a job when I get to meet so many people from around the world each week and share their holidays with them. My spare time is spent with my partner Sandy and the wonderful lady of the house Miss Madeleine (our aging Fox Terrier). Running my fly-tying business from the home studio is also a joy and brings more friends into our circle. Check out www.silvereyeflies.com and tell your fishing buddies.
For this journey with Joanna, I will bring my enthusiasm, reliability and determination to be a good team player to the party....there is a party at the Bluff hey? #teamrnz #silvereyeflies
The Wizard - bike mechanic extraordinaire
Benny is a lead mechanic and owner at Bennys Bike Shop and is joining the road crew team to look after "all things mechanical". Benny's experience includes being a mechanic for professional cycling teams in Europe, he is also an accomplished enduro rider. His tough determined attitude and attention to detail is sure to keep the wheels turning for this massive 'length of New Zealand' campaign.
As with everyone in the LWR team - Benny has personal family experience of the devastating effects of bowel cancer and is determined to help increase awareness and early detection of this disease.
Check out his own bike shop!
She's a rainbow
A long time, and most valued friend Bronwyn is a rainbow on a cloudy day.
It is impossible to spend time in her company and not laugh, she's full of passion, ideas and love.
This is why we are so overjoyed to introduce Bronwyn as our latest addition to the team. We all know that times will get tough and sometimes light relief and a sense of humor is the best medicine. We know that, whilst keeping a high degree of attention to detail and organization, Bronnie will be sure to bring sunshine to our day and keep us smiling through the challenging times.
Bronnie has known Joanna for 15 years and that depth of friendship is certainly going to be important the further into the adventure we get. There's probably not much that can shock her about Joanna at this point and that could well prove to be a blessing in disguise!
Leaving behind her partner and fur baby for a week will be hard but Bronnie is excited to be part of a crazy adventure, having seen Joanna take on many of her challenges over the years.
"It will be so exciting to be part of this epic adventure" said Bronwyn "I'm honored to be part of the team" The honor is all ours Bronnie
Bronwyn knows first hand the importance of early detection of bowel cancer, her father was a bowel cancer survivor and she is very motivated to help the crew increase awareness within others.
Bronwyn's key role is to work alongside Jude in taking care of all Joanna's personal needs during the Long White Ride, together with cracking the champagne when we get to Bluff!
Mark is an avid adventurer, first aid responder and all round calm grounding presence in the team
This ride is important to Mark as he is an adventurer himself at heart. An avid cyclist, runner and adventurist from New Zealand's beautiful Coromandel Peninsular Mark loves to be involved in adventures that test a persons physical and mental boundaries to the max.
As an experienced first aid responder and adventurist Rob brings to the team a never-say-die attitude, a tried and tested ability to deal with first aid matters and survive the wild. Together with the knack of 'fixing almost anything' with a piece of duct tape and a rubber band and can follow instructions, Mark's role is to share the driving of the support car wagon plus respond to whatever Jude asks of him with a "yes Maam" "right away Maam".