138 entered in charity bike ride

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A total of 138 riders have signed up for next month’s Central South Island Charity Bike Ride, the event’s chairman says.

Shane Brookland said the field for the three-day fundraising event, along with support crew members, would make it the second-largest turnout in the 10 years the event had been running.

A few riders would be riding electric bikes in the event, the first time in the ride’s history they had been allowed.

Mr Brookland said he hoped the ride would raise more than $150,000 for charity, as each rider would raise about $1000.

Many of the riders had been out training around the South Canterbury countryside on Sundays, the Geraldine to Peel Forest route a popular one.

He was not too worried the ride would coincide with the Twizel Salmon, Food and Wine Festival on the Saturday, the final day of the three-day cycling event.

While cyclists would be sharing the road with vehicles travelling to the festival, the committee’s road safety management plans would be in action, he said.

He thanked South Canterbury drivers, who had been “pretty outstanding” while driving past groups of training cyclists, and hoped it would continue.

He was also hoping for good weather conditions for the event.

“[We are] hoping for no wind and blue skies.”