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Finish line . . . Riders at Friendly Bay after completing last week's Alps 2 Ocean charity ride. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

More than $8000 has been raised for St John Ambulance and the upkeep of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail after a charity ride held last week.

Seven teams comprising 35 riders took part in the charity ride, which started at Horse Hill Camp Ground near Aoraki Mt Cook last Tuesday and finished in Oamaru last Friday.

Fortunately, those in the saddle managed to avoid the wet conditions that caused flooding in the North Otago area last week to complete the ride in a relatively dry state.

The team that received the most donations was led by Oamaru’s Geoff Omnet, raising $2951.

Tourism Developments New Zealand director Ian Elliott said the ride wasn’t about who crossed the finish line first, and he was proud of what the teams that took part achieved.

“The winner of the Alps 2 Ocean charity ride is the team that raises the most money, not the team that goes the fastest. The Christchurch Canterbury (Tourism) team seemed to have an unassailable lead .. but the local teams fought back.”

In total, $8091 was raised at the charity ride. All donations were made through the Givealittle website.