Sue's Tour Aotearoa cycle challenge

By Sue Johnson

Seeking some support!

In early January, whilst many of us will be considering the various overindulgences made over the festive period, there will be a rather apprehensive cyclist setting off on a 3000km journey from Cape Reinga at the very top of New Zealand with the aim of safely arriving in Bluff - at the very bottom. 

As a definite "newby" to the world of bike touring I am under no false illusions that this is going to be easy. A rather important person imbedded this outlook in me many moons ago: 

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step."

And so the padded shorts are purchased, the route is (mostly) planned and training is underway.


But this isn't simply an excuse to explore more of this beautiful country which I've called home for the last two and a half years. My primary motivation is to raise awareness (and FUNDS!) for the Mental Health Foundation. The MHF is a charity that works towards reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. They provide free support, training and resources for anyone who is going through a difficult time, or for people who are supporting loved ones through a difficult time.

Depression is set to overtake heart diseases as the biggest global health burden by 2020. As an emergency medicine doctor, I am exposed to the extreme impact of depression and anxiety on a day to day basis. I am determined to see our attitudes and management of it improve.

Nearly half of us will experience a mental illness in our lifetime, so chances are there’s someone around you right now who isn’t coping or is feeling alone.
When we go through a tough time, many of us keep it to ourselves. But no one should ever feel ashamed of who they are or feel afraid to be themselves or to ask for help.

And so I am asking YOU for help. Even if you can't afford to give a donation, just be a little more aware of the people around you. Even a small act of kindness and compassion can be the world of difference to a person going through difficult circumstance. 



Thank you to my Supporters


Emily W

Go SuJo, you massive legend xx


Ella Tea

I personally feel that there is no need (or indeed room for) further arse padding or thigh hypertrophy. However you never listen to me. What an adventure Bo, wish i could join but my mundane life in England awaits me. The very best of luck to he bravest egg I know. Love you so very much xx





Gabby King

Good luck and enjoy!


Stephanie Mackie

What an amazing huge awesome challenge! Massive respect to you for taking it on. Best of luck and ride strong xx



This is amazing Sue - the ride and the cause!


Margaret Colligan

That's a fantastic cause and an epic journey. Good on you.



Sue! such an amazing thing and so proud of you! Best of luck!!! xxx


Rachel Risk


Joe Gray

Awesome effort Sue! Hope it’s an amazing trip - will undoubtedly be hard work but a fun adventure! Invest in good tyres!x


Fen Moy

Awesome venture and all the very best for it!


Lottie Wood

Sue, you are a hero! What a phenomenal challenge...good luck! Lots of love from your biggest fans - Lottie, James & Flo xxx



Good luck!



No better woman susie q !!! What an adventure , looking forward to the updates and pics of the padded arse😉 good luck and well done xxxx


Inia Tomas

Nice work Sue. Good luck!


Gina De Cleene

Good luck - let me know how it goes


Lou Finnel

Go SUE!!!


Jess Merchant

Good luck Sue! Absolute legend/ Rock. Much love xx



Kia kaha. Hope you dont have “motivation” to cycle faster!!


Pete Farnworth

Good luck babe xx




Thomas Nightingale

Go the Bo!