The fifth an­nual Bike Week - are you signed up?

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in­cludes a cone slalom, emer­gency stop (on grass), re­vers­ing and other ob­sta­cles to test your rid­ing abil­ity.

Lo­cal moun­tain bike and BMX rid­ers are wel­come to come and have a go on the course dur­ing the event. Tro­phies will be awarded at Thurs­day night’s prize-giv­ing.

On the first Mon­day there will be guest speaker Danielle Mur­doch. Danielle was named Young Ad­ven­turer of the Year by Aus­tralian Geo­graphic. She rides solo on a mo­tor­cy­cle around the world and will be shar­ing many tales with her au­di­ence.

Tick­ets for this are sell­ing fast, which in­cludes a din­ner prior to the talk at the Ban­nock­burn Ho­tel. On Tues­day, rid­ers will then get to ex­pe­ri­ence a ride around the High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park.

Wed­nes­day brings a se­cond guest speaker, one or­gan­is­ers are very ex­cited to see at the event. Bill Veitch of McIver & Veitch will be shar­ing sto­ries about mo­tor­cy­cles he has re­stored, the mo­tor­cy­cling world and so much more.

Guest speak­ers in pre­vi­ous years have in­cluded Dan Ornsby, a mo­tor­cy­cle road racer and ac­cred­ited rider trainer, the late Mike Hyde - a rider who cir­cum­nav­i­gated Aus­tralia and rode 50 states of the USA in 60 days and Mike Pero, one of New Zealand’s best known and most suc­cess­ful mort­gage bro­kers.

To wind down, Thurs­day will of­fer Bike Week en­thu­si­asts a clos­ing night party with a band and prize giv­ing.

Prizes come cour­tesy of var­i­ous mo­tor­cy­cle shops in the area who have been very gen­er­ous with this event.

Dave says Bike Week at­tracts ap­prox­i­mately 100 rid­ers from both the North and South Is­lands of New Zealand, with one rider com­ing from as far as Italy this year, too.

‘‘I think it’s the for­mat. Peo­ple like the so­cial at­mos­phere and the fact it’s about rid­ing, go­ing for dif­fer­ent rides...and the Cen­tral Otago lo­ca­tion with the weather. There’s great rides for both the road and the ad­ven­ture rid­ers.’’

Dave says rid­ers will also en­joy the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and sight-see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

From vis­it­ing Trans­port World in In­ver­cargill, to head­ing along to the West Coast and Mount Cook; it’s cer­tainly an event not to be missed.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit www.bike­weeknz.com.

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