A Warkworth Riders team will hit the Hampton Downs race track on October 8 to participate in the Peddle for Prostate fundraiser.
The push bike ride is a new activity organised under the Blue September campaign, aimed at raising money to help men with prostate and testicular cancer.
The team is being led by World Masters Games 2017 gold medal cyclist John Winkie, who has close ties to the cause.
“A friend of mine who holds the record time in the Round Taupo tandem bike race had prostate cancer two years ago and has just finished successful treatment,” John says.
“That’s what initially inspired me and also that feeling that you can identify with the issue because it affects a lot of people you know.”
The ride is a four-hour endurance race with the time split across the four riders in each team.
Representing the Warkworth team will be captain John, Paul Donaldson, Malcolm Johnston and Bruce Fleming.
“It’s certainly a very unusual style of event, but I’m looking forward to it.
“Normally I would prefer to ride around Hampton Downs on a motorbike so cycling a race track will be an interesting experience.”
Each team has a fundraising target of $500 and Warkworth Riders is well on the way to reaching that, sitting at 14th on the list of top fundraisers so far.
“Our fundraising page has been up for just a couple of days and the response has been amazing, with over $250 donated already.”
To donate visit pedal4prostate.everydayhero.com/nz/warkworth-riders