Cycling events come together
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.