Adam Bell eyes the end of his first Central South Island Charity Bike Ride.
Adam Bell has a sore butt and sore neck to mark the achievement in completing his first Central South Island Charity Bike Ride.
Bell, 30, from Timaru, was among 125 cyclists who left Aorangi Park early on Thursday at the start the three-day 385-kilometre round trip journey from Timaru, to Tekapo, to Kurow, and back to Timaru.
“It was the achievement of getting it done, coming over that finishing line,” he told Stuff on Sunday.
The 17th annual CSI Charity Bike Ride had been at risk of getting scrapped if New Zealand’s alert level 2 had been extended with participants setting off slightly later than usual because the brief shift in levels had pushed the health and safety briefing from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.
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Bell said his wife roped him into taking part as she joined two colleagues on the challenge.
“It was the first time for both of us.
“There have been Sunday rides, every second week, then weekly after Christmas.
“I haven’t done much cycling, it was new to us both, we both had to go and buy bikes.
“It was a big challenge!
“Doing that amount of kilometres in three days, I’ve got a sore butt and sore neck.”
The couple had both raised a minimum of $500 each for charity though sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues, while also holding a raffle, he said.
“It was really a great group of people who took part in the ride.
“It was a great social event, everyone helps out and everyone is friendly,”
The group of cyclists has so far raised about $147,000 for charity this year.
Riding for the Disabled, South Canterbury’s Hospice, Family Works, YMCA, Heart Kids, Graeme Dingle Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Child Restraint Rentals will get a slice of the funds.
Ride chairman Max Munro said weather conditions were near perfect for the ride which culminated in a charity auction at the Phar Lap Raceway on Saturday evening.
“There is still some money to come in, we are estimating $150,000 raised from the ride.”
The ride has raised more than $2 million for charity over the years.