A Real good day

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - KAREN WIL­LIAMS One Tree Hill

On May 11 I cy­cled to Man­gere to watch the Auck­land Real Women’s Duathlon.

What a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence to see so many hun­dreds of women, all sizes, shapes and ages, out do­ing some­thing that most of them had never done be­fore.

So many of them had sup­port from their part­ners and chil­dren who ac­com­pa­nied them to the event which was very spe­cial for Mother’s Day.

I was able to help at least a dozen women who ex­pe­ri­enced bike prob­lems by chang­ing their tyres, fix­ing their gears, bor­row­ing tools from a lo­cal res­i­dent to fix brakes, even giv­ing one of the women my own bike to fin­ish the cy­cle while I took her bike back to the fin­ish – her on a lit­tle bike, me on a big bike! – and then back out to help and sup­port the tail-end cy­clists.

The bike me­chanic guys were kept very busy through­out and were all so help­ful to the many women who were hav­ing bike prob­lems.

The vol­un­teers out on the bike course were so en­cour­ag­ing to all the women but sadly had to deal with mo­torists who were of­ten rude and im­pa­tient to­wards the cy­clists – one young male mo­torist even stop­ping in the mid­dle of the road to chat with a friend on the other side of the road caus­ing many of the women to panic as to where they should go.

All in all a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the women who par­tic­i­pated in this event. We should have more of th­ese events specif­i­cally for women, es­pe­cially in this area of Auck­land.

Next time maybe have full road clo­sure for th­ese women, much safer and less stress­ful for ev­ery­one.

It is not a long event so clos­ing roads for such a short time early on a Sun­day morn­ing should not be a ma­jor is­sue. A big thank you to all the vol­un­teers and bike me­chan­ics who were kept very busy through­out.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Still stand­ing: Coun­cil­lor Greg Moyle says the Tepid Baths are in line for a ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment in the next few years.

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