Riding for people in poverty

Every minute 17 children somewhere in our world die due to poverty related causes. This is shocking and 25000spins mission is to make a real change. Thank you for being part of the solution and for working with us and our charity partners to make a difference.

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The 25000spins 2021 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Challenge

Our Seven day cycling tour begins in Christchurch and ends back into Christchurch 7 days later with a celebration dinner together. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is New Zealand in all its colour and beauty - from our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, and down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section bike trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. With so much to see and do I know you are going to love your adventure. You will spend seven days enjoying 300 km of stunning scenery cycling with like minded people. The ride does cater to road cyclists and mountain bikers with the road cyclists needing to follow a different route to the mountain bike cyclists.  

What sort of bike do I require?  A mountain bike is recommended for the Alps 2 Ocean (A20) bike trail. However a touring or hybrid bike will also handle the trail. A good option is to change your road/hybrid tyres to a tyre with more tread and grip. If you wish to use a road bike, there will be an alternative route along the road you can take. To learn more please go to https://www.alps2ocean.com/faq

Our tour caters to the less experienced to the experienced rider. We have a social, medium and fast group, each having a support van. Each group will also have different distances to cater to their unique needs. Check out a video showing you what you can expect along the Alps 2 Ocean trail.

event Thu 28th Jan 2021

event No food provided. Bus Christchurch - Lake Takepo. Accommodation included Lake Tekapo motels and Holiday Park

Social, Medium & Fast -0km: Day 1 is meeting in Christchurch and catching a bus to Lake Tekapo. Please note the bus departs Christchurch by 8.30am so please ensure you are there in plenty of time. We will arrive at Lake Tekapo by 11am so you have all day to enjoy the beautiful area and go for a warm up ride around parts of the lake.


Route Map Alps 2 Ocean route map

event Fri 29th Jan 2021
event Breakfast, snacks, lunch. Accommodation Included Lake Ohau Lodge

Social, Medium & Fast -90km: Day 2 is a great warm up with only a few moderate hills to contend with. The days highlights include lake Pukaki, the Pukaki dam and spillway and the stunning Benmore Ranges and Mt Cook of course. We will be staying the night at the fantastic Lake Ohau Lodge 

Route Map Alps 2 Ocean route map

event Sat 30 Jan 2021
event Breakfast isn't included but can be pre-booked on Friday, Snacks, lunch. Accommodation Included Lake Ohau Lodge

Social, Medium & Fast- 0km: Day 3 is a day to relax and enjoy the stunning region.The days highlights include Loch Cameron (swimming spot), Native Beech Forests, Lake Ohau and Clay Cliffs (side trip). There is alot of stunning walks in the region from the Ohau Snow fields to the Huxley Gorge swing-bridge. 


Route Map Alps 2 Ocean route map
event Sun 31st Jan 2021
event Breakfast isn't included but can be pre-booked on Friday, Snacks, Lunch. Accommodation included Omarama Holiday Park 

Social & Medium - 70km Fast 80km Day 4 is a day to enjoy the stunning region with another short day to stretch the legs. 


event Mon 1  Feb 2021
event Breakfast, snacks, lunch. Accommodation included Kurow Hotel

Social, Medium & Fast - 45km : Day 5 is a fun downhill day with stunning scenery at every turn. Some highlights include Lake Aviemore & Benmore Dam.

event Tue 2 Feb 2021
event Breakfast, snacks, lunch. Accommodation not included but can be booked as part of registration for the first 25 participants.

Social, Medium & Fast - 80km : Day 6 is a gradual downhill day on our final day together. we enjoy our final evening together celebrating in the town of Oamaru. You will love taking in the vineyards, Waitaki river and eventually the Ocean. In Oamaru we will be celebrating our achievements together at our celebration and awards evening.

Route Map Alps 2 Ocean route map


event Wed 3 Feb 2021
event no meals included.

Day 7 is our morning returning on a bus back to Christchurch if booked during registration.  


5 nights accommodation. Dorm & twin share style share accommodation during the ride. See detailed plan for accommodation details.
Breakfast, snack and Lunch (see detailed trip notes) excluding Breakfast & Lunch on the Saturday
Snacks and water are available at any time from your road support driver
Full ride support including a sag wagon should you need to step off the bike
Photos & video
First Aid assistance
Mechanical assistance
Luggage transport between stops

What’s not included?

  • Transport to and from the start point
  • Dinner each night
  • Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday
  • Celebration Dinner
  • Ride kit unless ordered
  • What’s the fundraising target?

    Each rider must raise at least $1,250 which is the fundraising minimum. The target we hope riders will reach is $2,500 per person. If you do not reach the fundraising min $1,250, we ask that riders pay the difference to reach the minimum required. With our group of 30 riders, the group target is $50,000 with a stretch target of $65,000.

    We encourage you to take advantage of the resources below:
    Fundraising plan
    Fundraising tips
    Fundraising profiles - get ideas from other riders who have shared how they successfully fundraised on previous rides.
    To provide some extra motivation - all riders who raise above $1,750 will also receive a free special trip T-shirt. See below the t-shirt available in blue, white and grey.

    We also encourage you to post any pics of your fundraising ventures in the private trip facebook group to encourage other riders to share ideas.

  • Who should go on this ride?

    The ride caters to all riders from your lets give this a go and experience something amazing (avg speed 18-22km) to your mad keen rider doing 100s of kms per week (avg speed >32km). Each speed group has their own support vehicle so everyone is well catered for. Faster riders will be given additional distance each day to increase the challenge. Each riding group is supported by their own support vehicle.

  • How many can go on the ride?

    The ride is limited to 30 riders in 2021. The 25000spins Alps 2 Ocean is an exclusive ride to support ADRA NZ, Tear FundWorld, Bikes4Life, Compassion and Watoto. This ride is like no other multi day ride. To learn more about the ride goto.

    Early Bird: $300 pp
    Bizzy Bee: $375 pp
    Late Mates: $475 pp

  • I am a slow or medium rider. Do you cater to me?

    We certainly do. Each speed group has a support vehicle. The medium and Slower riders will be doing 300km over three days.

  • I am a fast rider. Do you cater to me?

    Absolutely. We pride ourselves in providing a challenging course for all rider levels. For faster riders we have a longer more challenging route for you.

  • Preparing for the ride

    Get your bike, body and gear into shape. To get maximum enjoyment from the ride, we recommend all riders make preparations well in advance to ensure their bodies and bikes are ready to roll.

    Cycling fitness:
    It’s important that you prepare your body for the ride. It is also important to realise that riding a tour is quite different from doing a big one day ride. To ensure your body is ready for the ride, we recommend you spend some time riding long climbs or doing hill repeats to get used to riding in a climbing position. We also recommend you try to include some hard consecutive days into your training to prepare your body to back up after a hard day.

    Positioning and bike fit:
    Positioning is also critical when attempting a tour. Small niggles that you get from time to time on the bike can be exacerbated by pushing yourself day after day. A bike fit can be a good investment in your safety and ride enjoyment.

    Cycling skills:
    If most of your riding is done solo or with a few friends, it is important that you get some practice riding in a bunch. Bunch riding is a way of cyclists sharing the workload and helping each other. The tighter the bunch the less effort is expended. However, an inexperienced bunch rider will find this a little awkward so it?best to get used to this by riding with others in the months leading up to the ride.

    Bike maintenance:
    Only a well maintained road bike is suitable for this type of ride. We recommend ensuring you have a suitable gear ratio to give you the best chance of conquering the hardest climbs. It is important that you have your bike serviced in the weeks leading up to the ride and that you have relatively new tyres to avoid punctures.

  • What happens if it rains?

    The 25000spins ride is an outdoor, all weather event which means we will still ride even if it?raining. Only extreme weather may cause cancellation of the day’s riding.

  • What happens if I get sick or injured?

    Safety is always our first priority. We have a number of First Aid certified people on the ride, so in case of emergency you will be in capable hands. If you are unable to ride due to an illness or injury, you can be a passenger in one of the support vehicles until you feel ready to rejoin the ride. If this isn?possible, then alternative arrangements will be made to transport you to a local hospital or medical centre.

  • What happens if my bike breaks?

    Unfortunately mechanical issues are part of bike riding and there is a reasonable chance that there will be some mechanical issues during the trip. You are responsible for ensuring your bike is in excellent condition prior to the ride. You also need to bring your own spare tubes and possibly a puncture repair kit.

    We do have a bike mechanic on tour to support. He will be happy to help you try to get back on the road. For some issues we will carry spare parts such as cables, chains, brake pads and cassettes that you can buy if you need them. For more significant issues, you will most likely need to hop in the sag wagon until we can get to a bike shop.