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Coast to Coast ma­jor spon­sor Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil says it’s mak­ing cer­tain mo­tor­cy­clists are aware of their own rid­ing abil­i­ties and ca­pac­i­ties to make the ride both en­joy­able and safe.

“The mes­sage we are driv­ing this year is pro­mot­ing our ‘Ride For­ever’ skills devel­op­ment pro­grammes and will be fea­tur­ing course and train­ing op­tions at this year’s event,” Road Safety co-or­di­na­tor Deb­bie Web­ster says.

The ride will take place on Satur­day 8 De­cem­ber, with a brief­ing at Hi­matangi Beach start­ing sharp at 10am.

Riders de­part from Hi­matangi, travel through the Manawatu¯ to Woodville, where they all add huge in­ter­est, colour and noise to the vil­lage’s Christ­mas Pa­rade.

All par­tic­i­pants stop for re­fresh­ments and a free lunch at Foun­taine Square in Woodville be­fore jour­ney­ing on to Aki­tio on the East Coast — a to­tal run of about 200km.

All pro­ceeds from the ride go to the Manawatu¯ -Whanganui Res­cue He­li­copter ser­vice.

In its 25-year his­tory the Coast to Coast has raised about $200,000, help­ing the res­cue he­li­copter be­come one of the best-equipped life-sav­ing air am­bu­lance op­er­a­tions in the coun­try.

Woodville Lions Club says it is proud of the his­tory it is mak­ing, liv­ing up to the Lions motto “We Serve”.

Ca­ma­raderie at the Aki­tio Boat­ing Club.

Some of the riders de­part­ing from Hi­matangi Beach.

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