As the shortest day comes round again, it's time to start getting your team together for the Mid-Winter Breakout!
After the success of last year's inaugural 6 Hr, the Mountain Bike Park is again playing host to the region's most popular recreational mtb event on June 17.
Because we're anticipating even greater numbers this time, we've shifted the tent city to Bethany Park, adjacent to the MTB Park at the end of Martin Farm Rd.
Imagination in devising your riding kit is rewarded over how fast your lap time is so, whether you're biking mates, a family or a corporate team, get your entry in and your creative juices flowing.
Entry forms are available from all of the local bike shops or you can enter on-line here:
There'll be spot prizes throughout the day, music & refreshments available. Last year's was great fun and this promises to be even better!
An added option this year is to join us for a Saturday Night Social Ride before Sunday's big event.
The Park is proving to be a busy place in the evenings.
One rider counted 43 others on a recent Thursday night outing with every track junction hub providing an opportunity to catch up and share stories with others who like it on the dark side.
For those travelling from afield for the event and keen to join us for the Saturday night ride, there are cabin & camping options at Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp www.experiencekaiteriteri.co.nz
or you can set your tent up at Bethany Park firstname.lastname@example.org, all ready for the morning.
The ride will start at 6pm from the beachfront and be followed by a Beer & Bite at the Shoreline Cafe & Restaurant afterwards.
You'll need to let Craig Skillicorn know at email@example.com or phone him on 035287120 / 021 728 8793 with your intention so he can advise the Cafe of numbers.
The region's growing band of unicyclists have made the Park a favourite destination. They recently made a video of themselves playing on some of the tracks & structures. I'm impressed with the gap jump! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oid4EEStIOY
It made me think of how, "in the old days" - when we sneakily built our tracks in nearby forestry blocks - such a thing could never happen within a 25yr logging er....cycle.
In this enlightened age of MTB Parks, however, where tracks are built to last, who knows what sort of tree art could evolve?
Bike Park sculpture could become a whole new medium. Ideas, anyone...?