Huri Huri News
28 December 2018
Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Bike Festival, spins into action in January, with a repeat of last year’s highly successful Castlepoint Station event and a family fun event at Mitre 10 Mega Masterton, which includes the presentation of the teams taking part in the New Zealand Cycle Classic (NZCC).
Huri Huri is a series of community-based cycling events designed to celebrate the Wairarapa’s bike-friendly roads, tracks and trails; the people that ride on them and the bikes they ride. One of the major attractions is the rare opportunity to explore the historic Castlepoint Station by bike along three different coastal tracks, which this year takes place on Saturday 20th January, during Wellington Anniversary Weekend.
Riders can choose from a 7km short loop (1-1.5hrs); a 14km long loop (1-2.5hrs) via the beach or a 20km (1.5-3hrs) course option that covers the limed road to Otahome and back.
The event is open to riders who have a reasonable degree of skill and fitness. There is no age restriction, but the event is not suitable for riders who haven’t mountain biked before, as there are some steep, rocky and bumpy parts to all the courses which require a reasonable level of skill to negotiate.
Huri Huri’s family evening takes place on Tuesday 16th January and features the internationally-renowned FreestyleLifestyle BMX display team, which will literally turn the world upside down! As well as NZCC team presentation, there’s also a free BBQ, kapa haka displays, an obstacle course for kids and a prize for the best dressed supporter.
Club cyclists can also take part in a promotional circuit ride. The elite teams will later ride the same Criterium circuit, enabling spectators to get a taste of the international racing which will take place at the NZCC between 17th and 21st January.