Nelson Leader : September 26th 2013
2 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 NEWS/OPINION 5592217AA Authorised by Matt Lawrey, 31 Orsman Cres, Nelson Bike fest popularity grows FROM Page 1 Pedal power: Cyclists and walkers turned out in force for the Cycle Trail and Brightwater Bridge opening last year. traffic. Konica Minolta Nelson Cycle Festival co-ordinator Chris But- ler said competitive cyclists could show their skills in the well-established events in the festival which starts next month. The festival was initiated by former Nelson cycle shop owner Mike Watson to promote cycling and the Nelson Tasman region. Mr Butler said this year a trust had taken over the festival and aimed to grow it into the future. As the festival developed it had the potential to attract cyclists to the region. But it's not just about our visitors, its about our local com- munity getting involved in cyc- ling as well.'' Chris said the festival was a celebration of all the different forms of cycling in the region; mountainbikers, road cyclists, unicyclists, commuters and leisure cyclists. It was all about encouraging people to have a go. Mr Butler said for the com- petitive cyclists there were plenty of events planned includ- ing the urban cross country -- an event which saw mountainbi- kers tear around Nelson College at high speed. At Labour Weekend the Golden Bay Mountain Bike Club's Milk and Honey ride would be held at Golden Bay -- an event for both road cyclists and mountain-bikers. The first leg of the ride was up the Takaka Hill and it finished with a moun- tain bike ride down the Rameka Track. This race could be tackled in teams or individually and there was even a treadie category'' for those keen enough to tackle the whole event on a mountain bike. Other competitive events within the festi- val's time frame included the road race Source to Sea and the mountain bike orien- teering champs. The festival finishes with a family adventure race at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. The Konica Minolta Nelson Cycle Festival runs from Octo- ber 18 till November 3. A full programme of rides can be viewed on nelson cyclefest.co.nz. The Retro Fun Ride for the whole family is on November 2. It starts and finishes from the Honest Lawyer, Monaco, with an 11am start with registration and pre-ride fun from 9am. THE BUZZ Jim Matthews, of Villages Cycles. I'm more of a road cyclist. My favourite road ride would be out through the moutere to Riwaka, then go back through Dovedale and Ngatimoti. It's just beautiful, just awesome. You stay away from the traffic and the valleys out there are beautiful. Chris Butler, a leisure cyclist. I like a leisurely bike around the Maitai Valley cycleway. Marty Richards, mountain biker and mountain unicyclist or muni. A lot of the Codgers network, firball and involution [up Marsden Valley] that's a lot of fun. I've also done the Rameka. Belinda Crisp, a mountain biker, road cyclist and commuter. The Coppermine. It's just so diverse. You start in the city, go up through forestry, get up into native bush go out into tussock and finish in a river valley. I love the diversity of it. And then I would have to say the Great Taste Trail because it's great for families. Kaye Hill, of electric bike shop Cyclelogical. The Railway Reserve - out to Stoke and back because I've got electric bikes. Nelson is home to a growing number of cyclists and cycling groups. The Leader asked cyclists where their favourite rides in the region are.
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