The New Zealand Epic

The New Zealand Epic

Some of you MTD athletes may have come across Tegan in previous years, and in the last couple weeks.

Tegan is rad. She is the most unassuming person you will ever come across. Always smiling, looking chilled, and probably in her cycling gear, on her bike called Axel, her self-proclaimed ‘best friend’.

Already this year she has taken herself off to Wales to cycle and adventure the country, on her bike.

While on her adventures, she writes a blog….in cartoon form. She is so talented, it is incredible, and hysterical!

At the end of October she is going to be heading to New Zealand to complete the:


About this epic challenge

Every year, Altum Consulting sponsors one international epic, record-breaking adventure. This year, they've sponsored Tegan Phillips, the adventuring cartoonist behind the webcomic Unclipped Adventure, who is going to swim, cycle and run around the whole of New Zealand's South Island. Along the way, she will be raising money to support World Bicycle Relief, a globally-based charity that empowers people who face mobility barriers by giving them bicycles.


Blazing a trail around New Zealand's South Island

On the 1st of November 2016, Tegan will begin her attempt of the carefully planned 1400 mile triathlon - the equivalent distance of 10 FULL Iron Mans. She'll be swimming through New Zealand's famously icy lakes, cycling over its tallest mountains and running through its legendary trails. She is aiming to complete this challenge by the 25th of November (her 24th birthday) which will mean completing just under a half Iron Man (70,3 miles) every day for 25 days! If she succeeds, she will set the record for the longest triathlon to take place in the country!


A bike can be the difference between a 20km ride to school, or a 20km walk to school, or not being able to get to school at all. MOBILITY IS EVERYTHING. To give somebody the ability to be mobile is to give them the opportunity to get closer to living their dreams without telling them what those dreams should look like.


World Bicycle Relief provides specially designed, locally produced "buffalo bicycles", to underprivileged communities around the world. This helps communities prosper and grow when the issues of distance and lack of transport are taken out of the picture. They also aid communities by providing job creation through the production and sales of these specialised bicycles as part of social enterprise initiative. To date, they have assembled 299,253 bikes and trained 1209 mechanics from countries including Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Their Work

DESIGNING, SOURCING & MANUFACTURING rugged bicycles engineered specifically for rural terrain and load requirements

ASSEMBLING bicycles locally with proper tools and close attention to quality

DELIVERING bicycles through purchases, work-to-own & study-to-own programs

ESTABLISHING maintenance infrastructure by training local field mechanics

EVALUATING their work through independent studies

COMMUNICATING program results to donors and partners

Check out her cartoon video here for all the details and why you should donate

…and then…follow this link to donate!:

100% of funds goes to World Bicycle Relief!

She has already done a quick cartoon about our transition practice last weekend: and this did actually happen….

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