BDO Wellington to Auckland cycle challenge

February 2016

Authors – Kerri Dewe and Mark Lowndes

Pictured Managing Partner Mark Lowndes, second from left, at the presentation to the 2014 BDO W2A Corporate Challenge winners, 2degrees and their chosen charity, Cancer Society of NZ.


We’re so proud to once again be a part of this wonderful event! The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge, or W2A, is a great event challenging individuals and teams to ride 13 stages in 7 days and over 800 kilometres, departing from the main street in Lower Hutt and finishing in Pukekohe.


The latest event took place over 14 – 20 February 2016, with the tour facing a range of challenging conditions, from the extreme heat of the first days through Martinborough, to the torrential rain and blowing wind during the Central Plateau stages causing the first ever stage cancellation. Despite the testing conditions, the event’s incredible organisation and safety first focus means that many of the riders are keen to come back and battle it all again next year.


The Corporate Challenge is one of the various event categories (Individual, Tandem, Relay, Corporate Challenge), and appeals to the business community to form a corporate team between workmates to battle it out with other firms from around the country. In 2016, the winning Corporate Challenge team, along with bragging rights, won a share of $150,000 of products and services for their chosen charity.


Our sponsorship relationship began in 2013, and we were pleased to contribute free legal services to the winner of the inaugural 2014 Corporate Challenge, 2degrees and their chosen charity, the Cancer Society of NZ. It’s been great being part of the growth in the event, and in 2015 and 2016 our sponsorship included contributions to each of the chosen charities of the winner and runner-up, and the third prize-winning team (drawn from all the remaining competing teams).


Why is Lowndes involved? Cycling is one of the most popular sport and recreation activities in New Zealand, and we have staff, clients and contacts who are keen road and off-road riders. The W2A is a fantastic way to support a healthy lifestyle, encourage teamwork and communication, and give back to our community. We are pleased to sponsor this event and to provide much-needed services to these deserving charities, In addition to the prizes given to the chosen charities of the Corporate Challenge, Variety – The Children’s Charity, was the official charity partner of the W2A, with all funds raised through the W2A going towards providing bikes to disadvantaged and deserving children. Why wouldn’t we be involved?!


Congratulations again to all participants, and happy and safe training for next year!

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