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Invercargill retiree Peter Grandiek is planning a four-hour fundraising cycle ride on his 90th birthday this month. The Invercargill man, who turns 90 on October 20, is set to complete a four-hour cycle ride on his special day, to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
He is hoping he can get close to the km mark as he rides around the ILT Stadium Southland velodrome from 10am to 2pm. For the man who has been an active athlete his whole life, fundraising each year is what he does. This year he decided on the Prostate Cancer Foundation after receiving treatment.
He is riding the event as part of the Pedal for Prostate national campaign so as well as contributing to the coffers, Grandiek said he also hoped to raise awareness.
You could say Grandiek, a runner most of his life, came late to cycling. He took it up as a more passive exercise option after undergoing a triple bypass operation inat age He set the world record for his age group on the track in in the one-hour endurance event and inat age 86, set a world record at the World Masters in the three-lap sprint, where he completed his last m lap in just 18 seconds.
He was not planning to repeat the speed of that day this month, but hoped to average 25kmh, although he said training had not been as he had hoped.
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Veteran athlete plans four-hour fundraiser