While all focus and attention is on the world’s professional cycling elite during the Tour de France, Australian Cameron Nicholls is completing an equally impressive solo ride on the other side of the planet to raise funds in support of children and young people living with cancer.
Watches of Switzerland is proud to support Cameron and his team in this worthy endeavour, we have outfitted him with the Tudor Pelagos LHD, a timepiece that is more than ready for the challenges he will face on his Kiwi adventure. The Pelagos LHD is the highest spec and most sought after timepiece made by the Tudor Watch company, it's ultra light titanium case is water tight to 500 meters and it is powered by Tudor's in house MT5612-LHD movement which has 72 hours of power reserve.
The Pelagos LHD is the ideal watch for Cam for a number of unique reasons: unlike most watches the winding crown of this watch is on the opposite side to what is customary. Originally intended for left handed navy divers, Cam will be wearing his on his left hand as normal, but this feature will allow him to avoid the "crown bite" normally associated with the bike riding posture. Secondly, the Pelagos also has a patented self adjusting buckle, another innovation intended for professional diving, this feature means Cameron can have all the advantages of the titanium bracelet, with the comfort of a leather or rubber strap.
From 18 July to 29 July 2017 Cameron will ride the length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, to Bluff at the very bottom of the South Island, covering 2,417 kilometres in 12 days.
The contrasts to the world’s biggest cycling race couldn’t be more profound: the professionals will be roasting in the French summer sun, while Cameron will be experiencing the worst of New Zealand winter, riding through the mountainous South Island in temperatures as low as -10˚ Celsius for up to 12 hours a day, for 12 days straight. While the cycling elite are nurtured by their entourage of support vehicles, mechanics, masseurs, doctors and chefs, Cameron will be followed by his wife and chief motivator in a campervan forming his one-person support crew. “The original plan was for my wife and I to enjoy a relaxing holiday away from the kids, but I have well and truly ruined that with this ride. Luckily, my wife is always the first to encourage me to follow through on my crazy ideas, so there wasn’t too much convincing to do”, said Cameron.
The average daily distance of Cameron’s ride is 201 kilometres, dwarfing the Tour’s average stage distance of 168 kilometres.
His motivation for this impressive feat is two-fold: “Firstly, I’m just a bit of a cycling fanatic and someone who likes to push myself further than you would think possible. However, what prompted me to do this ride was my 13-year-old Kiwi cousin’s recent diagnosis with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The illness really shocked the family and motivated me to do something to raise funds for other kids in my cousin Lachie’s situation”, said Cameron.
Cameron Nicholls is a 36-year-old male from Melbourne, Australia whose passion for cycling permeates his life. He is the co-founder of Australian cycling marketplace Bike Chaser and regularly spends his weekends in amateur races around Australia. He has a strong family and emotional connection to New Zealand, the birthplace of his mother. He is married, with two young daughters.
As part of the ride, he will be raising funds for CanTeen, a charity for young people living with cancer. He has set up a fundraising page for the ride and hopes to bring in tens of thousands of dollars for the New Zealand and Australian arms of CanTeen. The campaign has been named Ride the Long White Cloud after the Maori name for New Zealand, Aotearoa, meaning the Land of the Long White Cloud. Check out Bikechaser here and be sure to follow Cam's progress on instagram here. Find out more about the Tudor Pelagos LHD here.