Ride from Oamaru caters for all cyclists

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A cycling event that could become a major fixture will be held for the first time tomorrow.
Organiser Adair Craik is urging everyone to “join the cycling revolution!” by taking part in a mountain bike ride or a road cycling race.
Initially it was going to be just a road race, in response to demand from cyclists. However, there were “so many people cycling now” that it has grown into a multi-faceted occasion, Ms Craik said.
“There are opportunities for people who want to do small or larger rides.”Keen mountain bikers could tackle a 40km journey. Starting at the Weston Hall, they would cycle along the Alps 2 Ocean track to Godzone House at Windsor, where they would be offered muffins and drinks and have “a break and a natter” before heading back to Weston.
Much of this section of the Alps 2 Ocean trail was newly-constructed, so it would be a perfect chance to explore it, Ms Craik said.
Families or those new to cycling could try the flatter 10km ride.
The road cycling options contained “lots of rolling hills … perfect for the weekend warriors”. Both the 50km open class and the 20km schoolchildren’s class would be handicapped.
Registration takes place at the Weston Hall from noon tomorrow, and riding starts at 1pm. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $15 for families.
Timaru and Dunedin cyclists could take part, Ms Craik said.
“We hope to build on it in following years.”