Cyclists in the pink for charity fundraiser

A flock of pink cyclists spun some wheels in Nelson for breast cancer research.

Members of the Nelson branch of Cityfitness gym "busted their bums for boobs" at a fundraising event at the 1903 site in Trafalgar St, and helped to raise $11,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Trust (BCRT).

The Nelson riders were part of an effort by Cityfitness clubs in eight New Zealand cities who took part in the Breast Ride Ever Ride-a-thon over four hours on Saturday morning.

Last year Nelson took the event outdoors and dressed it up, which set the tone for Saturday's nationwide effort, Cityfitness Nelson group manager and instructor Sharon Salton said.

She said it was the third year the event had been held, using the gym's stationary cycles set up on the site for an intense four-hour workout. Riders had to book and pay $10 an hour to ride. About half of the 30 riders in Nelson did the whole four hours, Ms Salton said.

Around a third of those who took part were men, dressed in all manner of pink attire and fake breasts. One man volunteered to wear a pink g-string which attracted a $1000 donation, Ms Salton said.

"The men go to extremes to keep us happy and support this cause."

She said it was a good opportunity to take fitness training outside and raise money and awareness for a good cause, and awareness of a type of cancer which affected a lot of people.

A couple of women taking part in the Nelson event were recovering from breast cancer, Ms Salton said. She said riders could cover the equivalent of between 6 to 15 kilometres in one hour on the stationary cycles.

Gym member Deb Spittal of Richmond took part in last year's event and was back for more on Saturday. "It's something we can do to help. Most of us come to a Saturday morning class anyway, but this is social and for a good cause."

She said riding a stationary cycle for an hour was "pretty demanding", and had committed herself to a three-hour fundraising ride.

Ms Salton said the gym would be taking further donations throughout this week.

The Nelson Mail