Safari ride success

Tranz Alpine scooter safari teams included those from the extended-Croy family, from left Lisa Croy, Gareth Croy, Trevor Croy, Andrea Croy, Linda Croy and Ted Ducket.

Snow and sleet did not dampen the spirits of the 290 riders taking part in the annual Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari endurance ride and raise more than $331,564, and counting, for the Cancer Society.

The fundraiser last weekend saw 237 scooters, powered by 50cc engine, blaze a 250km trail from coast-to-coast over the Southern Alps.

They started at McLeans Island, near Christchurch at 9am and finished at Hokitika around 5pm, stopping along the way to refuel engines and warm up bodies.

Among the riders were plenty of Mid Cantabrians, including Trevor Croy and his children, Gareth, Kathryn and Andrea, and partners, Kanye and Ted.

The family, who collectively raised thousands of dollars for the cause, were in three teams, riding three scooters. They were dressed in Care Bear onsies for the occasion, but rugged up warm underneath.

Along the route their support crew were Trevor’s wife, Linda and their daughter-in-law Lisa. They had plenty of spare fuel and oil, as well as a warm vehicle for the riders when they swapped during the five legs of the ride.

The scooter safari is one of the coldest, longest, hardest, most gruelling tests of endurance on a city scooter, and considered symbolic of the challenges people face in their cancer journey.