CO sporting events geared for all levels
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
‘‘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.
Lake Dunstan will be the location for the Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group’s popular triathlon.
Cromwell multisport legend Bill Godsall.