Gala to show trail progress

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Construction will be ongoing for a few years yet, but the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail will be declared fully signposted and ride-able at a gala function on December 1.

The gala, to be held at the Oamaru Farmers’ Market, will also showcase that work is being done on the lower half of the trail, the finish area in Oamaru is established, and a lot of work has been completed.

An overview of the trail, including trail progress, will be presented to the public at the gala, which will also be an opportunity to encourage people to get out there and ride it over the summer.

“This gala will highlight the progress made on the trail thus far, and show people what is yet to come,” Alps 2 Ocean marketing co-ordinator Jason Menard said.

“The trail will be declared fully signposted and ride-able at the gala. Sure, the construction will be on-going for a few years, but it’s still an epic ride from Aoraki/Mt Cook to Oamaru.

“Switching between the different trail surfaces is part of the appeal of the A2O, it keeps the ride interesting.”

Large maps will be on display, with i-SITE and A2O staff on hand to talk to people about construction programmes.

Each of the towns along the trail will be promoted at the gala which will give people a chance to see what the local operators have to offer.

“Each town has a distinctive vibe, and we will play to those strengths,” Mr Menard said.

“This will be a vibrant atmosphere, right next to the Oamaru Farmers’ Market – great food, music, and people.

“Come find out what the A2O is all about! It’s in your backyard now, and it’s free for all to enjoy.”

The event has been planned for early December to allow for further events to be planned and scheduled at other locations along the trail as different sections open.

For more details, visit the official Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail website: www.alps2ocean.com

By Rebecca Ryan