DUAL rea­sons to com­pete in is­land event

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You don’t have to be a pro­fes­sional ath­lete to ap­pre­ci­ate the chance to take your bike to Mo­tu­tapu and Ran­gi­toto.

There’s only one chance a year to moun­tain­bike them and it’s com­ing up on March 22.

The Part­ners Life DUAL is a trail run, walk, moun­tain­bike and off-road triathlon on the Hau­raki Gulf is­lands.

There are seven event op­tions to cater for all ages, abil­i­ties and fit­ness lev­els.

The event, now in its sixth year, sup­ports the work of the Mo­tu­tapu Restora­tion Trust, rais­ing funds for con­ser­va­tion ef­forts on the is­land.

It’s the only mul­ti­sport event in the world that takes place on a pest-free is­land sanc­tu­ary.

All cour­ses take you over trails and farm land with spec­tac­u­lar views of Auck­land city and the Hau­raki Gulf.

For moun­tain bik­ers there are two op­tions: 30km or 45km.

The event caters for groups of friends and fam­i­lies with shorter dis­tance walk/run events.

You can also book the on­site child­care set up on the is­land for the event.

Once you’ve fin­ished your event there is a con­cert at Home Bay to en­joy through the rest of the day and evening, which is free for all par­tic­i­pants.

There is food and cold bev­er­ages avail­able to buy.

When you’re ready to head home there are fer­ries from Home Bay to Auck­land city via Devon­port.

Stacey Colyer took part for the first time last year and says: ‘‘Thanks for a top-notch day out. The DUAL was my first full mul­ti­sport event and it was spec­tac­u­lar.

‘‘I’ve truly caught the bug! See you next year!’’

Rare chance: DUAL is the only time of the year you can moun­tain­bike on the pro­tected is­lands.

Beau­ti­ful views: The DUAL event is held on Mo­tu­tapu and Ran­gi­toto is­lands.

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