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With a view . . . Central South Island Charity Bike Ride participants stopped for a photo at Tekapo during the 2018 ride earlier this year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

South Canterbury cyclists are encouraged to ride down to Caroline Bay this Saturday to register for the 2019 Central South Island Charity Bike Ride.

The ride’s new chairman Max Munro, who has taken over from Shane Brookland, who led the event for four years, said the ride was a chance for those involved to “work together to build a better community”.

Mr Munro said he had been part of the event for 11 years and it was one of the best things he had done.

“It is a really emotional event.”

The 2019 ride will be held on February 21-23 next year.

The charities that receive financial support from the three-day ride would include the Mid and South Canterbury YMCA, Moreh Home in Fairlie, the Life Education Trust, Alzheimer’s South Canterbury, Heart Kids South Canterbury and Presbyterian Support South Canterbury’s Family Works services.

Bike ride chairman Max Munro

Mr Munro was also pleased some of the chosen charities came from out of Timaru, particularly Moreh Home, as the ride went through Fairlie.

Next year’s ride would follow the same route as the one taken earlier this year, Mr Munro said.

Riders would loop from Timaru to Tekapo, to Kurow and back to Timaru over the three days, totalling about 380km by the time they arrived back in Timaru.

He encouraged bike riders of all abilities and ages to think about entering the event.

Previous rides had attracted cyclists from their mid-teens and into their 70s or 80s.

“A lot of people who do the ride don’t realise how great it is until they do it.”

While the ride raised money for charity, it was also a social event – with good views along the way.

“It’s about having fun and getting to know people.”

Riders can register online from September 1 or at the launch event at Caroline Bay Hall on Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. Visit csicbikeride.co.nz.