Joes Garage Profile Bernie Devine

It is so easy to support those in our cycling community who are prepared to put themselves out there, so that others just like Bernie…(who knows it could be you?) embrace the opportunity that we all have. When it comes to cycling its a “Win Win” scenario.  Grab your Freedom –  Grab that thought before it passes stop it will continue to lurk and itch in the back of your mind…This is your “Vision” trying to get out…Give it life write it down before it’s time has passed you by…

Set a goal like Bernie and just start…Thats how it works!

A Thought – A Vision and A Bike …who would have thought it could be so easy? and if you pitch in like Bernie and his mates at “Joes Mob” then you will get to help someone else at the same time as getting fitter…trust me doing something for someone else will lift you above and beyond…

Actually this is more like a WIN/WIN/WIN scenario

Cheers Steve 

Joe's Garage Charity Cycle Riders

RIDER PROFILE: Bernie Devine

58 years old. Supposedly old enough to know better than to sign up for round two of the cycling challenge! But how can you turn down an offer to be involved in such an inspiring event with a great bunch of fellow riders.

I manage the local New Plymouth Beaurepaires store. I am married to Wendy, we have two adult daughters Melissa and Kylie, and also 5 grandchildren.

My reasons for joining this year’s ride haven’t changed from last year. I chose to become involved in this event for 2 reasons, firstly I love a challenge and the chance to extend myself. Secondly I saw this as a chance to support some worthy charities and if my efforts on the bike to help others in their time of need, it will be well and truly worth it.


2016 Tour: The Agenda

On 15th February 2016 approximately 30 riders will partake in a 9 day challenge cycling from Cape Reinga to Cape Palliser over 1300km, averaging 148.6km per day.  Our goal is to raise in excess of $150,000.

Outlined here under is a snapshot of the daily distances involved and overnight stops. We decided to ride East into the rural community to again raise awareness for the Rural Support Trust as there is also an endemic of depression and suicide in this area.

Day 1       Cape Reinga – Kaeo (170km)

Day 2       Kaeo – Kaiwaka (175km)

Day 3       Kaiwaka – Takapuna (95km)

Day 4       Takapuna – Morrinsville (148km)

Day 5       Morrinsville – Pio Pio (125km)

Day 6       Pio Pio – New Plymouth (138km)

Day 7       New Plymouth – Waverley (151km)

Day 8       Waverley – Pahiatua (158km)

Day 9       Pahiatua – Cape Palliser (178km)

Charities For The 2016 Tour

While there are many worthy charities to ride for, selecting one where funds go directly to the cause rather than being absorbed in administrative costs is one of the more difficult tasks. Getting the potential trusts to speak with us about where the money raised for them is spent and what affect that will have on the community.

We have deliberated on which charities we would ride for on our 2016 tour and have agreed on the below three charities.

  • Life Education Trust Taranaki

  • Taranaki Rural Support Trust

  • Taranaki Retreat

We decided upon these three charities for a number of reasons. Firstly, the Life Education Trust and the Taranaki Retreat we see as an extension to the awareness of depression and suicide which we generated in our 2015 ride. It all begins with our youth, by giving them the right education to assist them in making the right life choices. The Taranaki Retreat is a great escape for families or individuals who are going through difficult times, to help the healing process and contribute to a positive outcome.

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