The fifth annual Bike Week - are you signed up?
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.