Cycle For Hope

Cycle Journeys helps Mark Steel, Cycle for hope

Mark Steel inspired us to initiate Cycle For Hope…

In April 2018 Mark Steel arrived with his extended family and close friends, determined to ride the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail as part of his lengthy bucket list.

Mark was diagnosed with a terminal illness – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in November 2017. Having been diagnosed initially in 2004, he started a treatment regime then that came close on several occasions to taking his life. He struggled from health crisis to health crisis, and we were privileged at Cycle Journeys to be able to support Mark and his family and friends to complete the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail before he passed away.

In July 2018 we attended his funeral and were greatly moved by the story, the battle he had fought, and the impact he had on the people around him.

In memory of Mark, Cycle Journeys has established a fund called Cycle For Hope to support individuals or small groups to ride either the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail or the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Many people are inspired to use the cycle trails to express support for a cause or to bring groups of people together – united by a common bond and/or purpose.

Cycle Journeys wants to help you and we are happy to be part of any fundraising or cost containment which hopefully achieves the same thing.  We would love to hear your story and your aspirations and any ideas on how we could assist you.

Cycle Journeys helps Mark Steel, Cycle for hope

Sharlotte’s Story

In May 2017 Ed Stainsby’s wife, Sharlotte Stainsby, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She knew she only had a few months to live, but she was determined to make the most of the time she had left, and she was keen to have a go at cycling the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail with Ed and her family.

They knew it would be tough. None of the group were regular cyclists, and Sharlotte was recovering from intensive chemotherapy but, in November 2017, they decided to give it a shot and contacted us to plan their itinerary. They had a wonderful time.

Sharlotte passed away in April 2018, aged 41 years. Her family knew that one day they would finish the A2O in her memory. In November 2019, with the help of our Cycle For Hope fund, they tackled the remaining sections of the trail, from Ohau to Oamaru.


To be eligible for Cycle For Hope, we kindly ask that…

  • Your plans relate to a personal connection or an identifiable charity.
  • We can share some suitable photos and a short story to inspire others.
  • Our donation would be capped at $500 to allow us to spread the funding as wide as we can.

If you have a project in mind that fits the above criteria, we would love to hear from you!