Otope trail ride back on after 2017 washout
The Otope Trail ride is on again on May 13, after being washed out in 2017.
It will begin at Pohuetai Station 830 Otope Road and is open to two and four-wheelers. There is no kid’s circuit this year.
In 2016 there were 200 entries and organisers expect a similar response.
This is the 34th event run by the Otope-Pukeatua Social Club which has been running for more than 50 years, with funds going towards a valley Christmas function for the families and other social events to maintain the local identity and to make newcomers welcome, organiser Roger Ransom said.
Some of the balance goes to charities like the Rescue Helicopter. Locals say the reasons for longevity of the event are due to a strong local community, excellent trails and good organisation.
In 2016 the trail followed farm tracks and ridge lines through Pukemiro Station and its neighbours with a large bog out the back to play in. All age groups from as young as six to veterans, many in family groups, had a great day, going back to do it all again several times.
This year’s trail will be about 40kms and costs $25 per rider. Registration starts at 8.30am, briefing at 9.30am for a 10am start.
■ Contact Marcus Ransom, 06 374-5991, for information.
SOME of the bikes and gear lined up before the 2016 event.
BIKES made the first creek crossing with ease then disappeared over the ridge in 2016.