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Bike Manawatu’s Sunday Morning Ride Planning Group have scheduled bunch training rides on Sundays 11th and 18th November in prep for The Lake Taupo Challenge.

The rides will start from Memorial Park, Palm Nth, departure time 7.00 AM. After the Tour De Manawatu on Sunday 4th November these rides will top off your training for Taupo.

Meet at 6.55AM both dates at Memorial Park Palm Nth for the briefing, sorting bunches (depending on numbers more than 1 bunch may be necessary). Come prepared with the needs for such a ride, i.e. suitable clothing for the day, spare tube(s), rain jackets, food, drink supplements, cash/credit card, cell phones etc.

Bunch guide lines will apply, i.e. normal road safety rules apply, ride together, 1st up hill climbs wait at top and re-group, wait/assist for mechanicals and punctures.  Pedal Pushers Lucky Draw will apply to Bike Manawatu current financial members.

SUNDAY 11 November 2012, 7 AM – 130 plus kms


Hunterville Block

The route and profiles can be viewed at

This circuit starts from Memorial Park, PN – Feilding – Mt Biggs – Kakariki – SH1 to Hunterville (where there will be a Café break) – SH1 turn onto Hunterville/Cheltenham Rd – Vinegar Hill – Rewa Hill – Rewa – Waituna West – to Makino Road – Feilding – Palm Nth, approx 130 km plus to set you up for 2 weeks ahead.

Ken Young will co-ordinate, be prepared for 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 hours round trip.



SUNDAY 18 November 2012, 7 AM – 120 kms


Rewa Hill

The route and profiles can be viewed at

This is an Out & Back course, starting from Memorial Park, PN – Feilding – Makino Rd – Waituna West – Rewa – Rewa Hill – down to Rangitikei River (stop for break, no Café here) and return by same route to Palm Nth, approx 120 km plus.

Malcolm Rees will co-ordinate, be prepared for 5 to 6 hours round trip to top you off for Taupo on 24th November.