Turning rehab into training

We can’t wait to head over and take on the real Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in a couple of weeks and it’s stories like this that make waking up just a little bit easier…

Every year someone’s story and their personal achievement over difficult circumstances touches us at the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

In April this year Auckland mother, full-time shift worker and multi-sports woman Claudine Gillies was injured, recovering from back surgery and facing the possibility of never playing sports again.  Wanting to be a positive role model, and to prove that no matter what life throws at her she’ll live it to the max, Claudine set herself the goal of riding 160km around Lake Taupo on 29th November.

I saw my back op recovery as a great chance to turn rehab into training,” says Claudine. “I’d never cycled before and knew there would be plenty of challenges not just medical ones – it’s not easy to fit training around family and work commitments.”

In spite of physical setbacks and having to get the all clear from physio’s and surgeons on 6 November Claudine was fit and ready to register for the Bike Barn Solo.

It’s not in my nature to give up, and training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has meant making some wonderful new friends along the way.

Doing things you enjoy makes you feel good and it’s great to inspire others – we can all get out of our comfort zone and be tested,” she says.

About Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge…

The Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is NZ’s largest cycling event. More than 8,000 riders from New Zealand and 20 countries across the globe take part each year.

The Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is best known for its 160-km Bike Barn Solo, the one-lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo, although this is just one of 20 categories on offer, with both road cycling and mountain bike options for individuals and teams, catering to all levels of cycling and fitness abilities.