Ban­nock­burn pre­pares for biker invasion

On Satur­day (Feb 1) the quiet Cen­tral Otago town­ship of Ban­nock­burn will throb to the sound of more than 65 mo­tor­cy­cles.

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But this is no bike gang in­tent on set­ting up head­quar­ters in the his­toric Ban­nock­burn Ho­tel... aka The Banny. No, th­ese are mo­tor­cy­cling en­thu­si­asts from all walks of life and from all over New Zealand. Their rea­son for rid­ing into Ban­nock­burn is the third an­nual Bike Week @ Ban­nock­burn. From rel­a­tive small be­gin­nings, Bike Week’s unique for­mat of be­ing New Zealand’s only week long event cater­ing to both road rid­ers and ad­ven­ture en­thu­si­asts has firmly es­tab­lished it on the coun­try’s mo­tor­cy­cling cal­en­dar. Dave More­ton, a mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, is not sur­prised at the event’s steady rise in pop­u­lar­ity. ‘‘Ban­nock­burn, Cromwell, Cen­tral Otago and the South­ern Lakes, where else in the coun­try can you so eas­ily ac­cess amaz­ing road bik­ing and truly stun­ning off road ad­ven­tur­ing,’’ en­thused David. ‘‘On four of the six days we run rides for reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants and for lo­cals or other mo­tor­cy­clists who want to join in. ‘‘The cost to them is $20 per ride and they can even camp the night.‘‘ Zealand’ which car­ries the sub ti­tle ’A Kiwi’s guide to the top 50 rides in the land of the long white cloud.’ Mike has an amaz­ing sense of hu­mour on pa­per and in per­son.’’ The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has also been able to put to­gether a mu­seum visit and track ride at High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park on the Tues­day at 5.30pm. This also car­ries an open in­vi­ta­tion for mo­tor­cy­cling lo­cals to join in. or $50 with a pil­lion. As a fi­nal word Dave More­ton says the or­gan­is­ers also hope lo­cals will show south­ern hos­pi­tal­ity by com­ing along to band per­for­mances at The Banny to mix and min­gle with vis­it­ing mo­tor­cy­clists. A gold coin dona­tion will get you in.

Cost is $35

Dave is keen to point out that Bike Week is very much a ’ You’re In­vited’ event, even to the ex­tent of or­gan­is­ers putting on a Push­bikekhana skills chal­lenge for lo­cal kids and kids at heart. This is in the pad­dock op­po­site The Banny and starts at 10am on Sun­day. Also for lo­cals is a 65 bike ride-past that start­ing out­side The Banny at 12.30 takes in Cromwell Old Town, Al­pha St, Ne­plusul­tra St, Barry Ave, The Mall, Waenga Drive, Gair Ave, Ceme­tery Road, SH 6 and Pear­son Road. Guest speak­ers are another fea­ture of Bike Week that the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee hope will ap­peal to lo­cals. ‘‘This year on Mon­day night we have Peter McIn­tosh of the Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil that un­der the name of Moto NZ, Mo­tor­cy­clists Own The Op­tions, delves into such is­sues as are Kiwi rid­ers ac­tu­ally hav­ing more ac­ci­dents. ‘‘This is an ideal op­por­tu­nity for all lo­cal rid­ers to get a clearer un­der­stand­ing on what’s go­ing on,’’ ex­plained Dave. ‘‘On a more en­ter­tain­ing level, Wed­nes­day night we have mo­tor­cy­cle tour­ing au­thor Mike ’Twist­ing Throt­tle’ Hyde who turned a mid-life cri­sis mo­tor­cy­cling hol­i­day into a blog that be­came a book; the first of three. ‘‘He’ll be talk­ing about his lat­est, ’ Twist­ing Throt­tle New

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