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John Hellemans: A Biker's Tale

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John Hellemans shares the ups and downs of the hilarious cycling adventures captured in his book, A Biker’s Tale, with his fellow elite sportsperson, Professor Roger Robinson. The book was written as John cycled the gruelling 3000km Tour Aotearoa.

Saddle up as John Hellemans elaborates on the details of his hilarious cycling adventures during the 2018 Tour Aotearoa in his book A Biker’s Tale. No matter the travails of the day as he rode the 3000 km from Cape Reinga to Bluff, each day he hammered away at his laptop. As well as allowing him to make sense of all that passed through his mind during his day of pedalling, that labour resulted in A Biker’s Tale – a book the Kiwi cycling pioneers, the Kennett Brothers, have called “a must-read for casual and serious bikers alike.”

John will discuss the uphill grunts and the downhill freewheeling – and everything in between – with fellow elite sportsperson, Professor Roger Robinson, a runner, writer and spoken word performer, in an event sponsored by Green Jersey Explorer Tours.

Any cyclists in the Wairarapa for the Cycling Series NZ race the day after John’s nicely timed event (Sunday, October 24) are very welcome.

Featherston Booktown is utterly delighted to have such elite sportspeople at our Labour Weekend literary escape, especially in times such as COVID Level 2. A special thank you to our patrons, Liz Stringer and Robbie Morrison, whose generosity enabled us to hold these events.

All of Saturday’s events will be held in Featherston’s Anzac Hall (62 Bell Street), which is large enough to enable social distancing in accordance with Level 2 restrictions. All attendees must wear a mask and scan their COVID app or sign in for contact tracing.

Greytown bookseller, Mrs Blackwell's Village Bookshop, will have copies of 'A Biker's Tale' for sale and signing at the event.

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