What do you get when you invite a bunch of boxers and jockeys to a cycling event? You get this weekend’s Sundee Undee Hundee, of course.
Throw in a mangy collection of gruds, knickers and panties and the inaugural charity bike ride, from Tauranga to Maketu and back, is catching on as the kit comes off.
Organisers and passionate cycling enthusiasts Willie Bos and Matthew Ward-Johnson conceived the idea as a fundraiser, with proceeds going towards the purchase of bikes for deserving Merivale Primary students.
“It would be great to be a part of having a good cyclist come out of Merivale but it would be just as nice to make Christmas special for a couple of kids,” Bos said. “The staff are all very excited and are really looking forward to rewarding some of their wonderful pupils with a fabulous prize at the end of the year and we’re really looking forward to making it happen.”
The ride will start from near Maxwell’s Rd, taking cyclists over the harbor bridge, through Mount Maunganui and along the coastline to Papamoa. Riders will then link up with the cycle trail on the new eastern arterial highway, before diverting to the Maketu Surf Club.
It’s a popular ride for Bos and his regular Sunday cycling group but this weekend will be a chance to open the experience up far wider.
“We’re a pretty friendly bunch and have a no-dropping rule on our rides, with a compulsory coffee and a catch-up at the end but this will also be a way of showcasing some of the amazing cycling that’s to be had in our area and to encourage people to get out and give it a go.”
And local businesses are leading the charge. Maketu Pies has donated 50 of their ‘world famous’ steak and cheese pies, to be consumed at the surf club, while R-Line Sports Drinks will handle refreshments at the turnaround point. Printing company Ricoh and Tauranga lawyers Holland Beckett have each donated $200, while Ride Bikes and Specialized are contributing to the cycles.
And as for the undies? That’s completely up to each participant – though Bos has dug out his “lucky gruds”, a tattered pair of jockeys his mum gave him for his birthday 17 years ago.
For information on how to enter, see the group’s Facebook page here or contact Willie Bos on 021 756 286.