Bikewise month boosted as 100 join event

Helmets and hi-vis clothing dominated the Taylor River reserve yesterday morning as nearly 100 people joined Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman for a bike ride as part of Bikewise month.

The cyclists rode from Seymour Square, in Blenheim, to Rifle Range Pl at the foot of the Wither Hills, where they had a free BBQ and a bicycle skills course for younger riders.

Seven-year-old Saskia Bray led the charge with Mr Sowman as both rode in front of the other cyclists along the route.

Saskia got her first bike when she was four and was practising for her first Weetbix Tryathalon in Nelson next weekend.

She decided to enter the competition because she had never done it before and it sounded interesting.

Among the other riders was Margaret Simonsen, from Blenheim, who believed there were more people at this year's event than the one last year.

The cyclists were also not as bunched up during the ride as they did last year.

The event was good for getting experience riding in a group, Simonsen said.

Duncan Mackenzie, who was one of the organisers, said it would be great if events like the bike ride were held every month, especially over summer.

From Marlborough Express.