Bike-nut-slash-radio-presenter, Simon Morton pedals off on a nationwide quest to find out why New Zealand would simply be lost without the bicycle. Starting in North Otago, he hunts NZ’s first photo of the ‘iron-horse’, learns how two wheels helped conquer Mt Cook, learns the secrets synchronised cycling’s ‘drug deal’ in New Lynn. From mad inventions to Kiwi world-records, Simon discovers they all started with a pushbike.
With trademark good humour, and the curiosity of an eager enthusiast, well-known presenter Simon Morton translates his quest for Kiwi culture into a seven week grand tour, with the audience on the handlebars. Starting down south, he’s carrying on to find obsessive Kiwi characters, mad inventions, parochial world records and everything the great nation owes to the humble bicycle.
Along the trail (or road) Simon discovers that the ‘real stars of the series aren’t the bikes or me at all, they’re the countryside and the people we meet!’ Take a seat to uncover hidden histories and new inventions, and learn how this classic machine captures the Kiwi spirit of freedom, humour and adventure. Along the way, Simon has a crack at the Penny Farthing nationals in historic Oamaru – dicing with danger in an old woollen onesie. Could Richard Pearse have invented the plane (or Benz invented the motorcar) without first having a bike? Simon is well on his way to find out the answers...
Full production, from concept to delivery, including post-production.
This seven-part factual entertainment series screened at 7pm on Saturdays on TVNZ1, and is available on demand. Watch the trailer here.
Along For The Ride leads a long list of exciting social history productions, including our landmark migrant series Here To Stay, getting under the skin of settler groups who landed on these shores, from the Scots to the Croatians, Chinese, Germans, Indians and Dutch.
Similar one-off documentaries we’ve produced in the past include; How To Spot A Cult, Cartoonists Inc and In Search Of The Moa.