About the Campaign
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Brendon’s a devoted family man, a dedicated physiotherapist and a crazy mad cycling machine. He’s undertaken some phenomenal challenges in the past to raise money for NZ Spinal Trust – but this one is OFF THE SCALE! He’s attempting to set a new record – cycling the length of NZ in just 4 days!
Kia ora – my name is Brendon Vercoe.
Foremost, I’m a proud father of 3 gorgeous children – Harriet (4), Finn (2), and Ollie (1) – they’re my everything. My amazing wife, Nicole, is my rock. Ōtautahi (Christchurch) is home.
For a little over 10 years I had the privilege of working as a Physiotherapist at the Burwood Spinal Unit. I draw a lot of inspiration from the many people I have been blessed to work alongside on their rehabilitation journey post Spinal Cord Impairment (SCI).
Through my work I saw first-hand the amazing work of The New Zealand Spinal Trust, a charitable organisation that provides immense support to people with SCI and their whānau. Raising money and awareness for them has given this goal, and previous endeavours, a greater purpose.
The goal is to ride my bike the length of Aotearoa, Cape Reinga to Bluff, as fast as possible, and attempt to beat the current record of 4 days 9 hours and 45mins. A race against the clock, that doesn’t stop ticking if and when I stop along the way.
Cycling is an activity I truly love. This love of cycling will no doubt make this goal, and the road to get there, more pleasurable, but I know there’ll be a lot of pain. Finding my limits and what ‘makes me tick’ adds a deeper meaning and purpose to this goal.
My previous sporting endeavours and achievements give me confidence that I can achieve this, including most notably: 1st place 2-day Coast to Coast 2014; 1st place 3day Pioneer MTB race 2016; and 1st place Tour of New Zealand cycle race 2021. Nonetheless, there is still lot of preparation and training required.
Finally, the success of this endeavour will depend on upon support – the support I will need along the way, and the support gained and given to the New Zealand Spinal Trust. I have been overwhelmed with the support thus far, even in it’s infancy, and truly look forward to the road to come – literally and figuratively.