OWNER of The Bike Shop of Castle Hill Beven Callaghan has reminded Tour de Hills participants to enjoy their day at the event this Sunday.
"Think of the joy you're providing with your donation," he said.
The store is once again supporting the Castle Hill Rotary Club's 19th annual bicycle classic by donating cash prizes and providing an experienced mechanic for participants.
The event is raising money for Dr Dominic Rowe's research facility into motor neurone disease at Macquarie University, as well as Police Legacy, Rural Fire Service, International Rotary Foundation and the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.
All who enter the event, which is sponsored by the News and The Australian Hotel & Brewery, will go in the running to win a $2200 BH Prisma bike, courtesy of The Bike Shop of Castle Hill (participants must be there to claim the prize).
Tour de Hills participants can choose from four courses: 15, 30, 50 and 90 kilometres.
The shortest route is recommended for families and less experienced riders with its majority on a dedicated cycleway around a lake.
The longest route is very challenging and recommended only for experienced riders.
The highest fund-raiser will win three nights of accommodation at the Whitsunday Apartments Complex, courtesy of an anonymous donor, and two return airfares from Sydney, courtesy of PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PWC).
Mr Callaghan, owner of The Bike Shop of Castle Hill, said it was important for participants in the Tour de Hills this Sunday to ensure their helmets were fitted safely and tyres were pumped.
"Go for a pre-ride before the day," he said. "Check your seat height to avoid sore bottoms and knees, and ensure wrist and arms are at the right angle to avoid sore wrists, numbness and sore shoulders.
"Make sure you drink as you ride and if you feel light-headed or not well, stop, sit, rest and walk to ease the muscles and the mind."
As well as prizes and rider support on the day, the shop is providing Hornsby MP Matt Kean with a BH Prisma road bike, a road helmet and bike riding clothes for the event.
It is offering a 15 per cent discount for any bike and accessories bought this month (conditions apply).
■Tour de Hills is this Sunday, starting at The Australian Hotel & Brewery in Annangrove. Registration is $60 for adults, $40 for children under 14 and $145 for a family of two adults and two children. To register/donate: tourdehills.com.au.