The All Black’s High Performance Coach Nic Gill smashed the world record for riding a Wattbike for 24 hours while raising money for Bowel Cancer prevention. The record was 755 kms and Gill rode 781 kms.
Also riding the bikes for 24 hours were All Blacks captain Sam Whitelock and Assistant coach Brad Mooar.
They took on the challenge for a good mate, former All Blacks Logistics manager Kevin “Chalky” Carr who sadly died of cancer in 2018.
The trio have raised over $43,500 for The Chalky Carr Trust. The money will fund early bowel cancer detection. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world and is one of the second highest causes of cancer deaths in this country.
The group started their ride at 7pm on Thursday and finished up last night at 7pm. They are all in MIQ after coming back from the All Blacks Northern Tour, so were in separate rooms connected only through a zoom video call that everyone could watch.
All Blacks Assistant Coach Brad Mooar says ““The soreness will pass. The real pain is with those with cancer. Whatever we can do to help, we should.”
“These are truly great New Zealanders with big hearts who will change many people's and their families lives through raising these funds - it was a really special day and effort from them,” says Chalky Carr Trust Chairman Brett Gamble.
Nic Gill says he reckons his good mate Chalky would be laughing at them right now, for taking on the challenge and thinking of him, spurred Gill on, when he got into a dark place during the 24 hours.
“It was pretty brutal at times,’ he says. “We all had moments where we were battling, but we got each other through and the support was incredible."
Incredibly, Gill burned through 18,000 calories on the ride.
At times the trio had up to 150 people joining them on the zoom call, including current and former All Blacks, Olympians past and present and people from around the world.
“It was incredible to have that support,” says Nic. “I was getting messages from people with and affected by bowel cancer and that was very special.”
The Wattbike that Sam Whitelock rode is now on TradeMe and will be auctioned, closing on Sunday December 5th at 7.30pm. Sam will sign the bike as well before handing it over to the winner.
You can still donate to the group at