Novice cyclists tackle Crown Range in famine fundraiser

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A pair of cycling novices travelling the length of the country as a famine fundraiser tackle the Crown Range Road tomorrow (Tuesday).
 
Kiwi Sheree Fitzi and Canadian Andrea Price started in Bluff eight days ago and have spent the weekend relaxing in Queenstown. 

The pair says the approach into Queenstown via the Devil’s Staircase was the most challenging part of the trip so far. 

Fitzi says: “That was the first windy scary bit – otherwise, we’ve been taking all the back-country roads.” 

So far the pair have raised about $1250 towards a target of $10,000 to go towards World Vision efforts helping people starving in Africa. 

Fitzi and Price will be at World Bar tonight (Monday) on Shotover Street from about 10pm trying to add to their fundraising tally for anyone wanting to challenge them at pool or buy a raffle ticket. The pair say they raised about $30 yesterday (Sunday) by sitting in the sun and sweet-talking people at Earnslaw Park. 

“We were offering candy – or to stop singing if people gave us money,” Price says. 

Both Fitzi and Price, who have little cycling experience, are feeling apprehensive about their assault on the steep, windy Crown Range Road to Wanaka. 

“I did a couple of 16km rides before we started – that was my training. We’re keen and a bit crazy, but we’re not cyclists,” Fitzi says. 

Anyone wanting to follow their progress can go to www.bikingnz.blogspot.co.nz .