Huri Huri News
9 December 2015
It’s not often cyclists get the chance to ride across private farmland, let alone 30km along the bank of the picturesque Ruamahanga River.
Thanks to the generosity of more than 20 private landowners, the Trails Wairarapa Trust has permission for cyclists to bike along the southern Wairarapa Valley, as part of next month’s Huri Huri Bike Festival.
Last February, the Trust took 85 riders down the Ruamahanga River from Martinborough to Ocean Beach and next month the 50km ride will finish with a BBQ at the Lake Ferry Hotel.
“This is an adventure ride rather than a race”, explained Trails Wairarapa Trust Chair Rob Irwin. “It gives us an opportunity to explore the feasibility of developing river-based trails in the Wairarapa. We have had fantastic support from the farmers along the riverbank and are pleased to be able to vary the ride from last year by finishing at Lake Ferry.
“Whilst a good level of fitness and a well-maintained mountain bike is required, it’s worth being prepared for a few judders as this is an unused track,” added Mr Irwin.
The trail ride takes place on Wellington Anniversary Monday (25 January) and proceeds from the trail will be used to develop cycling and walking trails across the Wairarapa, as well as Pirinoa School. The cost is $65 and includes the BBQ and transport back to Martinborough Square for rider and bike.
Huri Huri runs between 20-25 January 2016, in association with the New Zealand Cycle Classic. The bike festival also features events such as the Pedal for Parkinson’s road cycle challenge up Admiral Hill in Gladstone, the Town to Tide multi-sport race from Masterton to Riversdale Beach and the Huri Huri Mini (Kids) Criterium along Dixon Street.
For further event details and registrations visit the Huri Huri festival website at www.hurihuri.co.nz.