The Christie250, which started as one man's challenge to knock a cycle ride to Taupo off his "bucket list" before he died, has turned into an annual cancer fundraiser for a group of 19 cyclists who will tackle the route for the third time in April.
Businessman Mike Christie has collected a group of friends and cycling enthusiasts who didn't want the first 250km ride to be the last.
Donations can be made at http://fundraiseonline.co.nz/christie250/
All proceeds are going to the Manawatu Branch of the Cancer Society.
Our progress on the day will be shown on https://www.spidertracks.com/