New Zealand ultra-endurance cyclist

Craig cycled the length of New Zealand in 4½ days.

Now he’s planning to race against the best in the world, across America.

In February 2017, Blenheim builder, dad and amateur cyclist Craig Harper set a new world record for the fastest time to ride the length of New Zealand – completing the 2,170km Cape Reinga to Bluff route in 4 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes.

Craig broke the long-standing record despite the coastal stretch of State Highway 1 in the upper South Island being closed following the November 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, by diverting his original planned route away from the faster, more direct, sealed highways. 


A longer route inland up the Wairau Valley, followed by a switch to a mountain bike and an overnight ride through the gravel, alpine roads of the Rainbow Station to Hanmer Springs, was required.


Craig completed this mammoth challenge with only 6.5 hours sleep over the 4+ days, at an average speed of 20.5km/hr - putting him firmly amongst the world’s elite ultra-endurance cyclists.


Craig’s recent highlights include winning the Graperide 505km Enduro (2016), Taupo 640km Enduro (2015) and Graperide 1010km Enduro (2014).


During the Long White Ride, Craig burned 47,000 calories per day – to replace this, he needed to consume the equivalent of 530 bananas or 85 meals of Eggs Benedict per day.


That’s nearly 2,500 bananas or 380 meals of Eggs Benedict during his world record ride along the length of New Zealand.

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