The Heart Kids Cruisers are an inclusive team, a team not focused on personal bests and performance, but instead focused on participation without pressure. It’s for all those cyclists, who are keen to take part and have a bit of fun and who don’t want to ride alone. Our motto is NO CYCLIST LEFT BEHIND!
If lycra is not your thing and you have no aspirations to compete in the Tour de France but you still want to circumnavigate Lake Taupō, then by signing up with the The Heart Kids Cruisers you can achieve your goals, while at the same time raising money for Heart Kids who support the 12 babies born every week with a heart defect. 160km is achievable, and it can even be fun when you’re cycling with like-minded people.

Team leader Rickshaw Andy, is a Lake Taupō cycling legend. He’s completed the event more than 10 times and has over 30 laps of the lake under his belt – he will be your Commander-In-Chief on the day. He will make sure NO CYCLIST IS LEFT BEHIND. He has even been known to stop for an ice-cream or give you a push, if it helps motivate you to cross the finish line. It doesn’t matter how long you take to get up Hatepe Hill, Rickshaw Andy and The Heart Kids Cruisers will help you achieve your goal. Andy’s goal is to get everyone around the lake in 8 hours. He will be available for training tips and motivation along the way. This team will have it’s own official start group so everyone starts together and finishes together. We want you to enjoy yourself so much that you come back again next year and do it again just ‘cause you know you can!

You can make this event even more special and become an incredible fundraising superstar. As you are taking on a BIG challenge, we are sure your friends and family will be willing to sponsor you for your effort! And remember every dollar you raise will help heart children and families tackle the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Heart Kids is dedicated to providing life-long care and support for children, young people and families impacted by childhood heart defects, the same way Rickshaw Andy will be at your side every km of your ride, Heart Kids are there to help at every step of the heart journey – from when a heart condition is diagnosed, through childhood, the teenage years and into adulthood. Heart Kids walk alongside families whose worlds have been turned upside down by the news of their child’s heart defect. We know that families facing these challenges need both practical and emotional support and no one should face this journey alone.

Click here to donate to Heart Kids and join the team!

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