Some 72 riders began the 96 km Rangitikei River Loop, one of the most enjoyable rides on the annual calendar, on Sunday morning. There are usually some riders from as far a field as Wellington and Taranaki, some using it as training for the Tour of Southland, others just wanting to see the fantastic country-side. This year was no exception.
The tough bit about this ride is the nasty climb straight out of the start line and as usual, this immediately split the bunch. A group of some 16 of the better riders formed at the front, with a couple of large chasing groups hoping to get back on before the first section on SH1.
Council has recently completed the 3km long first stage of the Manawatu River Pathway extension between Ashhurst Bridge and Raukawa Road. Please come and celebrate the occasion at the grand opening on Saturday 30 November 2013 at 2pm underneath Ashhurst Bridge.
This is the first of three stages towards extending the pathway generally along the right bank of the Manawatu River from Ashhurst Bridge to Riverside Drive (where the existing 10km long section of the pathway currently ends). When the next two stages are completed over the next couple of years they will combine to form a continuous 3m wide shared pathway for a distance of over 22km from Ashhurst to Maxwells Line in the west of Palmerston North.
The project continues to have great support from a number of people and organisations.
A young male cyclist swerved in front of us today on the main road (Napier Rd) into Palmerston North,evasive action by my husband saved the day, to our horror cyclist was texting and continued to do so. Now he was outfitted in full cycling clothes and was obviously a regular rider so maybe Bike Manawatu needs to try and get the message out how stupid and dangerous this is.
Not sure if it’s illegal, but it’s definitely stupid!
The recreational rides organisers had the idea to add some variety to our Sunday rides by planning a trip starting a bit further away from home and on roads not regularly used by our club members. Thus the ride from Mangaweka was conceived.
To make the logistics easier, a bus was hired which picked up the approximately 40 riders for just over an hour journey to Mangaweka.
And on time at 8:15 the group set off up the (rather nice climb) towards Rangiwahia. The previous days of heavy rain had brought down a large number of slips and the soft Papa Rock (that muddy greyish sandstone) covered the road. Pretty soon both bikes and riders were were evenly plastered with the stuff.