All Blacks Captain Sam Whitelock, High-Performance Coach Nic Gill and Assistant Coach Brad Mooar to ride bikes for 24 hours to raise money for Bowel Cancer Prevention.
The three are taking on the challenge of peddling for 24 hours on a stationary Watt Bike while in MIQ on their return from the All Blacks Northern Tour this week.
They’re doing it for a mate, Kevin “Chalky” Carr, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2018. Chalky was the All Blacks Logistics manager and a very good friend.
The Chalky Carr Trust, set up in his name, provides practical support for cancer sufferers and their their whānau.
Now, the trust has Gill, Whitelock and Mooar getting on their bikes to kick-off efforts to raise $100,000 for early bowel cancer detection.
“I can’t think of a more worthy cause as the current state of bowel cancer screening in New Zealand means it’s very challenging to access early detection tests. We are aiming to raise money so we can change that,” said Mooar.
The trio have some high profile help along for the ride.
Chalky Carr Trust Patron and Black Sticks legend Gemma McCaw, Olympic Rower Eric Murray, Rowing and Cycling legend Hamish Bond, Ironman Champ Hannah Wells, Coast to Coast champ Dougal Allan and Ironman Legend Cameron Brown will get on their bikes to support the 24 hour bike marathon.
Preparing himself for this gruelling challenge, All Blacks High-Performance Coach Nic Gill says getting on the Watt bike for a full day is nothing compared to the grit and strength shown by his mate Chalky in his own battle with pancreatic cancer.
Gill is aiming to beat the current record of 755km cycled in 24 hours.
The group will start the Watty Challenge this Thursday November 25th at 7pm and will finish 7pm Friday. You can support them by donating to the Donate now to the 24hr Watty Challenge for Chalky!
You can follow the trio on Facebook @NicGill @chalkycarrtrust and on Instagram @nic_health_and_performance or join them here: https://nzrugby.zoom.us/j/85604347684