|Registrations for charity ride open|
by Rachael Comer||05 Sep 2017|
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About half of the Central South Island Charity Bike Ride's average number of entrants have already registered for next year's event.
Entries for the annual bike ride, which raises money for different charities and organisations in the region, opened on Saturday, with an opening day held at the Caroline Bay Community Lounge.
About half of the ride's average entrant numbers signed up for the event, ride chairman Shane Brookland said. The three-day event will be held on February 22, 23 and 24 and will cover 365km of countryside. Brookland said Saturday's event attracted about 63 entries, with another "10 or so" following the opening day.
"We usually get about 120 or so entries all up so the number of entries already is better than halfway, which is great.
"We'll expect the number of entries to keep climbing in the next couple of weeks."
In its 14th year, the ride's 2018 recipients are Hospice South Canterbury, Alzheimers South Canterbury, Geraldine Riding For The Disabled, Cystic Fibrosis, Learning 4U, YMCA South Canterbury and the Graeme Dingle Foundation.
Brookland said the $1.6 million raised throughout the ride's history had been distributed to many "deserving" organisations in the region. "Ultimately our big thing is that every dollar donated is redistributed to those in need. It's a great event and it helps a lot of people," he said.
The event has also received two registrations, so far, from entrants with e-bikes. This year the ride's route would be "in reverse" to what it usually was, Brookland said.
The ride will travel from Timaru to Tekapo, Tekapo to Kurow and then Kurow to Timaru.
"We've only done this way once so it is good to mix it up."
Brookland encouraged "anyone who was interested" to register for the event.
"I encourage anyone with a pulse, a sense of balance and a sense of adventure to give it a go."
Chris Henriksen and Sally Phillips take names and give out information at the Central South Island Charity Bike Ride registration and open day. PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/ STUFF
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