The first community organised ebike ride was a great success with 85 riders turning up on Saturday.

The pack, which included riders from the Nelson City Council, representatives from the Great Taste Trail as well as MP Rachel Boyack, headed off from Waimea Plains Village towards Rabbit Island along part of the Great Taste Trail.

“I had a vision to do a cool community event with fun riding, a get together and having lunch to exchange stories about past rides and a fundraiser for a good cause, and we ticked all boxes,” says organiser Frank Witowski.

They congregated back at the Waimea Plains Village who played host to a BBQ lunch.

Hybrid Bikes Ltd were the masterminds behind the event along with the support of Arvida Waimea Plains Village.

“There are so many community events going on and we wanted to be the first to create one that involved ebikes,” says Frank.

Local businesses supported the event, along with the donation of prizes for a fundraising raffle.

Frank wanted the fundraising side of the event to go towards a strongly respected organisation in the local community and so chose the Nelson/Tasman Hospice.

“I had a fundraising target of $1000 and we raised $1145, which was fantastic,” says Frank.  

Organisers want this first-time event to continue as an annual event that provides a fun fundraising and riding community event.

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