ARNOLD Crosbie is the proud owner of a new 24-speed Specialized Pitch mountain bike courtesy of Wensley’s Cycles and the SBS Bank Tour of Southland.
Mr Crosbie, of Tokanui, was presented with his new bike at the finish line of the Tour of Southland on Gala St on Saturday.
“I felt very good about [winning the bike]. I am wrapped about it,” he said.
He had entered the competition to win the mountain bike in a bid to get fit and active, he said.
“I have got a bit of a pot belly and I wanted to get a bit of exercise.”
This is only the second bike the 76-year-old has ever owned.
He bought his first bicycle, a three-gear second-hand bike, in 1957, the year after the first Tour of Southland, he said. It cost him have it repaired, and he still has the receipt to prove it.
Mr Crosbie said he bought the bike because he was working on a dairy farm at the time and had to walk several kilometres from the farm in Waimahaka to his home in Fortrose.
However, it had been many years since he had last ridden a bike and Mr Crosbie said he was unsure how to ride a 24-speed bike.
“I think it will be too complicated for me.
“I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew.”
There were also a lot of milk tankers, lime trucks and other heavy vehicles travelling on the roads near his home and he was concerned he could get run over, so he thought he would take it to Otara to ride, he said.