Pedal for Parkinson's
Sunday, 17 February 2019
Back in the day, this ride was organised by a group of enthusiastic Wairarapa mountain bikers, including local cycling legend Brian Lambert.
These days Brian finds it more difficult to ride as he suffers from Parkinson’s. This event acknowledges Brian’s incredible contribution to Wairarapa cycling, and in turn raises money for Parkinson's patients in Wairarapa.
Private land has been opened up along on the stunning but rugged Wairarapa coastline especially for this trail ride.
Two courses are available, but it’s important to note that you will need to be a competent mountain bike rider to complete both these courses. The coast is exposed to extreme weather from the south or east. Significant sections of the trail do not have cell phone coverage. Some rivers may have washed out or present rough crossings, and you should be prepared to get your feet wet.
The 64 km long course starts at Pahaoa, runs up the Devils Creek Gorge through manuka bush and downhill across the Rerewhakaaitu River. It then follows a stunning coastal track through to Te Awaiti and Tora.
The course then crosses the Awhea River and passes by the infamous Magnet ship wreck at Te Kaukau Point and across the Opouawe River to White Rock and Ngapotiki.
Short course riders join the ride - 18km out from Ngawi, at Ngapotiki, and then ride round Te Rakauwhakamataku Point to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and along gravel road to Ngawi fishing village.
Experienced mountain bikers should be able complete the 64km long course within 4-5 hours.
Parkinson's Wairarapa is one of 20 divisions of The Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust (Parkinson’s New Zealand) and offers its members:
They also provide information and educational services to non-members, health professionals and the general public.
Why not stay over after the ride? Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa, Martinborough will donate $10 to Parkinson's Wairarapa for every room booked by ride participants.
Room rates: $175 studio, $240 cottage .
On Mondays there is a special Day Spa offer that includes a 1 hour Swedish massage for $65 (usually $99). Book early to reserve your spot.
Other accommodation can be found through Destination Wairarapa.
Registration will be from 5pm on Saturday, 16 February Martinborough Rugby Club.
Sunday's registration will take place at Martinborough Square between 7-8am. This is where the shuttle bus will depart and return to.
The event is open to riders who have a reasonable degree of skill and fitness and in the possession of a suitable well-maintained bike fit for the purpose of the ride. Riders aged 13 to 17-years old should register for the 18km short course.
64km long course from Pahaoa to Ngwai
18km short course from Ngapotiki to Ngwai
Due to the Ngawi Fishing competition, the finish will now take place in the paddock to the right of the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Riders are welcome to continue their ride into Ngawi fishing village, but parking might be tight. The shuttle will collect riders from Cape Palliser. This will result in the ride being 6km shorter.
Registration on the day is between 7-8am at Martinborough Square. You can register the day before between 5-7pm at the Martinborough Rugby Club.
Long course starts at 10am from Pahaoa.
Short course starts at 12pm from Ngapotiki.
All riders should have completed both courses at Ngawi by 4pm.
$110 adult entry fee long course - Pahaoa to Ngawi
$60 adult entry fee short course - Ngapotiki to Ngawi
$45 youth (13-17 years) entry fee short course - Ngapotiki to Ngawi.
Please be aware that extra fees apply.
Ticket includes BBQ and spot prizes.
$35 per person and includes transport of bike. Riders can assign one bag to be delivered to Ngwai to be picked up on completion of the ride.
Departure times to be confirmed closer to the event.
Mountain Bike Hire
Mountain bikes can be hired for the day through Green Jersey Explorer Tours.
Weather and cancellations
If the weather is looking extremely wet or windy please check the Huri Huri Facebook page for updates.
Please note as this is a fundraiser for a very worthy cause, our policy is not to refund registration fees, unless the organisers have cause to cancel the event.
Spot prizes confirmed so far are:
For a more detailed NZ Topo map click: https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap/nz43186/Pahaoa/
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