Organisers happy if riders have help

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‘‘On your bike — even if it’s electric’’. That is the message from organisers of this year’s Ride the Lake event being held in Cromwell on October 1.
Now in its ninth year, the event is organised by Cromwell Rotary and is held as part of Mental Health Awareness Week that this year takes place from October 3-9.
Event manager John Wekking said the aim of the 90km circumnavigation of Lake Dunstan was to encourage people to get outdoors, have fun and exercise for their mental health and wellbeing.
‘‘It is not a race, it is a noncompetitive ride with proceeds directed to local mental health initiatives,’’ Mr Wekking said.
In past years more than 100 riders had taken part either as individuals or as members of teams.
The ride starts at McNulty Inlet and the course, mostly on flat, sealed roads, follows the shores of Lake Dunstan along State Highways 6, 8, 8a and 8b, passing through Northburn, Tarras, Luggate and south to the start-finish line.
Mr Wekking said the ride was suitable for road and mountain bikes but it was possible there could be some electric bikes on the course this year.
‘‘We have never had anyone on a electric bike, but who knows? This year could be different.
‘‘We do caution people that as the ride is 90km they need to be very aware of their battery range and how to conserve power so they can complete the course. They need to use their power judiciously,’’ Mr Wekking said.
He also advised electric bikes should be fitted with road tyres to help conserve power. – Entries can be made online or on the day and all details are available on the website info@ridethelake.co.nz or from 027 222-1003