Bike ride ends with a banger

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

More than 55 peo­ple from the Mata­mata re­gion and mem­bers cy­cled the an­nual Mata­mata Ped­dlers Heart Week gold coin fun ride last Wed­nes­day.

The event at­tracted both ex­pe­ri­enced and novice cy­clists rang­ing in age from tod­dlers in tow to a sprightly 86 years.

The evening was a com­bi­na­tion of the club’s involvement in Bike Wise month, the New Zealand Heart Foun­da­tion’s an­nual ap­peal week and the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the club and the recre­ational sport of road cy­cling.

Mem­bers es­corted the non­mem­bers around the 21 kilo­me­tre course, from Founders Park, along Tower Rd to Tu­ranga o Moana and home via Wa­haroa, fin­ish­ing with a well-earned sausage or fruit washed down with a cold drink, all com­pli­ments of the club.

While the many vary­ing abil­i­ties meant the cy­clists were spread out widely around the course, the fun at­ti­tude and en­joy­ment was ob­vi­ous to all.

The evening fin­ished with all rid­ers signed in, be­ing el­i­gi­ble for the many spot prizes courtesy of Sport Waikato and Mata­mata Cy­cle & Sports.

The gold coin do­na­tion raised a very gen­er­ous $236.60 for the Heart Foun­da­tion.

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