CO sport­ing events geared for all lev­els

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

A swell in the pop­u­lar­ity of out­door sports is driv­ing up en­try num­bers from around New Zealand for three up­com­ing Cromwell events.

Vet­eran ath­lete and event or­gan­iser Bill God­sall said moun­tain bik­ing in par­tic­u­lar was on an up­swing and was an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant draw­card for vis­i­tors to Cromwell.

God­sall this year took on the run­ning of a moun­tain bike event, triathlon and road cy­cle race from the Cromwell and Dis­tricts Pro­mo­tion Group. The group, which ran events for over 20 years, had stepped back from or­gan­i­sa­tion but re­tained own­er­ship of the five Cromwell­based sport­ing fix­tures which make up the Bike It Now! Cromwell Sum­mer Se­ries.

‘‘It’s great to see more and more peo­ple get­ting into moun­tain bik­ing, there’s such a range of tracks here and it’s not just fit young adults, there’s more teens and more older folk too.’’

To help cater for de­mand, four dif­fer­ent moun­tain bike cour­ses had been set out for the XS Stor­age Ban­nock­burn Clas­sic on De­cem­ber 30, he said.

‘‘There’s a fam­ily recre­ation course which we en­cour­age par­ents to ride with their chil­dren, a Sport ride and Clas­sic race, through to a new Ad­ven­ture ride for those who may have done the Clas­sic and are look­ing for a new chal­lenge. This has up­hill with some awe­some down­hill and in my opin­ion it’s a very cool course. It starts ear­lier, at 2pm, and is on pri­vate land not usu­ally ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic,’’ God­sall said.

En­tries were also open for The Gate Lake Dun­stan Triathlon on Jan­uary 2 and Lake Dun­stan Cy­cle Chal­lenge on Jan­uary 8. The triathlon also had var­i­ous cour­ses to suit lots of fit­ness and skill lev­els, in­cor­po­rat­ing run­ning, swim­ming, cy­cling and kayak­ing op­tions.

The cy­cle chal­lenge, the last of the Sum­mer Se­ries events, fol­lows a 96km loop around Lake

Dun­stan, pass­ing through

Lug­gate town­ship.

‘‘It is all on the main road, mostly flat and a pretty com­pet­i­tive event.’’

Strong spon­sor­ship sup­port had also helped boost events this year and or­gan­is­ers were of­fer­ing two new bikes, as well as the usual prizes.

Many peo­ple were now tak­ing ad­van­tange of be­ing able to en­ter on­line to save hav­ing to en­ter on the day, he said.

SUP­PLIED

Lake Dun­stan will be the lo­ca­tion for the Cromwell & Dis­tricts Pro­mo­tion Group’s pop­u­lar triathlon.

EMMA DAWE

Cromwell mul­ti­sport le­gend Bill God­sall.

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