Ride Strong


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In keeping with Farmstrong’s key messages about staying connected and keeping active, Cycling Waitaki has organised Ride Strong – a semi-serious, non-competitive community ride for the farming community. This is a great chance to get off farm, ‘recharge your batteries’ and catch up with mates.  Finish certificates will be issued for each ‘round’, and for those with a serious bent, a trophy for the first male and female with the shortest elapsed time for the 3 events combined will result in a win. Proceeds from this event will be gifted to Parkinson’s NZ.

  • Middlemarch 26th Of March. Held in association with the Gravel Muster. Starting and finishing at the Strath Taieri Railway Station, Snow Avenue. The course is 54km. Entries close 19th March
  • Elderslie Estate – Oamaru 16th of April. Held in conjunction with the White Rocks Gravel Adventure. 46km with a climb total of 557metres. Assemble at Elderslie Estate sign in at 9:30am-10:25am. The riders briefing is at 10:30am before an 11.00am start. Entries close 9th Elderslie is 15km inland from Oamaru on the Weston-Ngapara Rd.
  • Palmerston 7th of May. Held in conjunction with the Gravel & Tar. The event is 48km being 3 x laps of a circuit. Meet at the D.G. Murray Hall. After function and presentations for series at the Waihemo Lodge. Entries close 30th April                            

About Farmstrong

Farmstrong is a nationwide, rural wellbeing programme that helps farmers cope with the ups and downs of farming so they can live well and farm well. Since its launch in 2015, Farmstrong’s mix of farmer-to-farmer stories, workshops, events and online resources have made a measurable difference to the lives of many people.

Last year, 23% of farmers attributed an improvement in their wellbeing to Farmstrong. That’s over 15,000 farmers and farm workers! To find out what works for you and ‘lock it in’, check out Farmstrong’s farmer-to-farmer videos, stories and tips on

“Hi, I’m Jason Hayman, I’ve been farming at Oamaru for 32 years. Over recent years, we’re been battling daily with heightened regulatory compliance on top of our day to day farming tasks. I’ve found cycling gives me a great release from these pressures, and recommend you increase your wellbeing by joining me in riding this low key series.”

Jason is pictured riding with Waimate bee farmer Andrea Atkinson.