A "call to arms" for Tasmanians of all skill levels to cycle in Sally's Ride 2017

Things are gearing up for the annual Sally’s Ride cycling fundraiser.

People of any age or skill level are encouraged to participate to raise funds for youth mental health and suicide prevention.

Bike Fit Tasmania trainer Mark Connelley wants to raise a call to arms to get everyone in the community involved.

“People can gain a lot of fitness from bike riding. Running isn’t for everyone.

“People have to start somewhere, and with bike riding, they can start off at any level or any pace,” he said.

“We just want people to get on a bike and just do a bit of riding.

“It’s so easy to go home and just go for a bike ride,” Mr Connelley said.

For those who have not hopped on their bike for a while, Mr Connelley said bikes can be checked over.

“We’ll check the tire pressure, give the bike a once over, and make sure the bike is ready to go.

Don’t worry about what your bike looks like, just dust it off and give it a go,” he said.

“Sally’s Ride is a great initiative, and the money raised goes toward a great cause.

“It’s not a race, so just hop on your bike and give it a go,” Mr Connelley said.

Sally’s Ride co-organiser Allan Harris said it’s set to be a beautiful day for the event.

“The weather on Sunday is supposed to be a lovely 26 degrees,” he said. 

Sally’s Ride 2017 will kick off at Royal Park Launceston at 7am on Sunday 19 November.

Online entries will close on Friday 17 November, but last-minute entries will be accepted on the day.

For more information and to sign-up to participate, visit www.sallysride.com.au.

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