Growing interest in Alps2Ocean cycle trail

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The momentum is growing for the Alps2Ocean cycle trail.

Yesterday a group of 13 cyclists organised by the Milton Rotary Club were picking up bikes and gear from Geoff Omnet’s Smash Palace hire business to use on the trail. Omnet said the interest in hiring his cycles had grown significantly this summer, compared to the previous two and a half years since he started the bike hire branch to his car dismantling business.

“In November we had the same amount of (cycling) business for the whole of last year,” he said.

He intended to buy extra bikes to meet the demand.

David Vollmeiler, a member of the Milton Rotary Club, said they organised tramps and cycle rides to raise funds for the club and also for the Otago Youth Adventure Trust.

They have planned four trips on the Alps2Ocean trail this summer and he said demand for riding the trail had “taken off.”

“Initially we were to have one trip but it filled up quickly, then the three others sold out quickly. We could have sold it 10 times over,” said Vollmeiler.

The cyclists are mainly New Zealanders but he said people from the United States and Australia had also booked to go on the Alps2Ocean this summer.

“We’ll be going to Mt Cook and cycling as far as Omarama,” he said. “We’re not very certain about cycling on the roads but in the future we may.”

By CHRIS TOBIN

READY TO HIT THE TRAIL: Geoff Omnet (black shirt) and David Vollmeiler (in blue) with the group of Alps2Ocean cyclists organised by the Milton Rotary Club.

PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN