Melo Riders trade wheels for bowls

Melo Riders decked out in their gear at the Business Bowls League last week.

This weekend, team Melo Riders is put to a 106 kilometre test.

The spirited group of locals takes on the Amashova Durban Classic on Sunday, the final stretch for their various causes.

“It has been a long and trying couple of months, not only ensuring we are fit enough for such a challenge, but also raising funds,” said Miss Newcastle, Courtney Smith.

Reiterating the distance would be both a physical and mental test, Courtney said the team had worked overtime in the final week, to ensure they could do the best possible job and earn the pride of the community.

She expressed confidence in the team’s abilities.

At present, the team is putting on the final touches to their bicycles, finalising registrations and being completely prepared for the long distance in the saddle.

“I am certain everyone who participates will do the best they possibly can, and reach that finish line.”

As a team, the Melo Riders have powered forward on the fund-raising front over the course of three gruelling months.

This included an appearance at the annual Business Bowls League this past week.

“The team enjoyed a great evening out, leaving the bicycles behind just this once. We would like to thank those who donated on the evening and pledged towards our cause. Thank you to Newcastle Bowling Club for allowing us to be part of such a lovely evening.”

Concluding, Courtney expressed pride at being part of the Melo Riders.

She commended her fellow cyclists for swinging firmly into the saddle, and thanked them for bolstering her accomplishments thus far.

“I wish all the riders luck, not only those in our team, but those cycling from outside the team. 106km is a long way to go on a bicycle, and I commend those who take part in such a challenge.”

Bruce Douglas

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