Bike race aids suicide prevention
A Central Otago bike event organiser wants to use his event to help in the battle to prevent suicide in the region.
Winter Quest organiser Nigel Lines said he would donate a portion of the entry fees to the Otago Suicide Prevention Trust.
‘‘Depression is quite a big thing and a problem in the Central Otago area. We don’t have big mental health places to go to here so the Otago Suicide Prevention Trust starting up in Alexandra has probably been one of the greatest things. I have had my down patch but I am still training like a bat out of hell and I hope to keep growing it every year.’’
The event was in its second year and this year was had an improved 40 kilometre mountain bike course, as well as a 10km cross-country run option for people not into biking. There would also be children’s events.
Sponsors included Crank Cycles, Shimano, Steve Gurney, Camelbak, Golden Gate Lodge, Pro Med, Farmlands, Heliview flights, Hunting and Fishing, Idour and Quest Farm.
The Alexandra bridge which is undergoing a $770,000 strengthening project.
Photo: John Bisset.
Crank Cycles owner and Winter Quest organiser Nigel Lines, of Cromwell, with Otago Suicide Prevention Trust community coordinator Julie Duffy.