400 laps, $4000 for charity

Ray Robinson (front) and Peter Grandiek cycled 100 kilometres around the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome to celebrate Mr Grandiek's 90th birthday last Thursday.

IT was a triple celebration for an Invercargill man last week.

Peter Grandiek not only turned 90, but he cycled 100km at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome and raised more than $4000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The 400 laps of the velodrome did not dent his sense of humour he completed the laps he joked he was feeling more like a 100-year-old man.

Mr Grandiek said if his body and health let him, he planned to keep riding until he reached that age.

“I’m not worried about [that] at the moment, but I will keep biking as long as I’m capable of it.”

For the past 10 years, Mr Grandiek has been dedicating his birthdays to a good cause, fundraising for charitable organisations.

This year, he decided to ride for the Prostate Cancer Foundation after receiving treatment himself earlier this year.

He and supporter Ray Robinson took about four-and-a-half hours to achieve the goal, with five-minute breaks every hour to rehydrate.

After the achievement, Mr Grandiek wished for only two things a birthday cake with his family and rest.

“Every year, I do something special on my birthday.

“I’m feeling really good. My legs were pretty numb when I finished, but now it is good and I can walk around.”

Southland Prostate Cancer Foundation board member Trish Wright said it was a “phenomenal effort” as he was able to raise more than $4000 for the charity.