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Trio riding 5,150kms for motor neurone disease

Community, Fundraising

3 May 2024

Gerald Patterson preparing for Bike USA

Photo caption: Rider Gerald Patterson during his training for the epic challenge ahead

On Saturday 18 May three New Zealand riders will embark on the cycling trip of a lifetime, traversing the USA, from San Francisco to New York, to raise $51,500 for MND research and support.

Across the 36 days, the team with strong rugby links – Craig Luxton (ex-Harlequins Rugby Club), James Wilkins (ex-United Pirates, Te Puke Sports) and Gerald Patterson (ex-Referee) – will take part in the 5,150km Ride USA, a charity event organised by rugby great Peter Winterbottom (ex-English, British and Irish Lions player).

Craig, James, and Gerald will depart from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with a group of riders, traversing two mountain ranges – the Rockies and the Appalachians – and covering an average daily distance of 140kms, riding into Central Park in New York 36 days later.

“I enjoy cycling, like a challenge and sees this as an opportunity to join friends in raising money to assist a very worthy cause; maybe there’s a touch of madness as well,” says rider Gerald Patterson.

“Hopefully you feel the same way, follow our progress and participate by donating to a great cause.”

The riders have so far raised a phenomenal $27,000 for Motor Neurone Disease NZ – well on their way to their goal of $10 for every kilometre cycled during the challenge.

Please show your support by sponsoring this epic challenge:

Motor Neurone Disease NZ is the only charity focused on improving quality of life, funding research and campaigning for people affected by MND in NZ but relies on donations to do so. We are sincerely grateful for the incredible efforts of Craig, James and Gerald and all those who have donated to help make a difference.

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