Cy­cling events come to­gether

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Heart Foun­da­tion’s an­nual na­tion­wide fundraiser Heart Week sees lo­cal recre­ational cy­cling club, Mata­mata Ped­dlers, set to host a gold coin do­na­tion fun bike ride event on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 13, with all do­na­tions go­ing to the Heart Foun­da­tion.

Fe­bru­ary is also na­tional Bike Wise Month, a pro­mo­tion of cy­cling.

Ped­dlers com­mit­tee mem­ber Dale Er­tel said with both causes be­ing in the same time pe­riod, it seemed sen­si­ble to com­bine them.

Mata­mata Ped­dlers is invit­ing the pub­lic to join them on a 21-kilo­me­tre fun ride which will start at 6pm from Founders Park on Rawhiti Ave.

Mata­mata Ped­dlers is very much a recre­ational club.

It was started about nine years ago and has grown to a cur­rent mem­ber­ship of be­tween 90 and 100 mem­bers. While the bulk of the mem­bers are mid­dleaged, the club ac­cepts mem­bers from In­ter­me­di­ate School age.

The youngest mem­ber of the club is 13 and the old­est is an en­er­getic 86-yearold.

Recre­ational road cy­cling is one of the fastest-grow­ing sports among mid­dleaged men and women.

Road cy­cling pro­vides a sport/ac­tiv­ity that both par­ents/ part­ners can do to­gether. It is not hard on the body and achiev­able by all at what­ever level or dis­tance you want.

Mata­mata Ped­dlers see many cou­ples out rid­ing around town dur­ing the evenings and mem­bers would love to see you join the club for the gold coin ride.

The 21km dis­tance may seem daunt­ing, but the Mata­mata Ped­dlers will have club mem­bers avail­able on the night to ac­com­pany and en­cour­age you through­out the ride.

The route for this ride is flat with the only ‘‘hill’’ be­ing at the Firth Tower as the group travel out along Tower Rd to Tu­ranga O Moana, turn­ing left into Mow­bray then into Wa­haroa and home via Wa­haroa Rd East and back to Founders Park.

Upon com­ple­tion all rid­ers will be of­fered a bar­be­cue sausage or fruit and a can of soft drink or water.

There will be many spot prizes.

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