Caval­cade bike trail blazer

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

Next year’s Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust 26th Caval­cade prom­ises to be wheelie, wheelie good, es­pe­cially for cy­cle en­thu­si­asts, with the of­fi­cial in­clu­sion of a bike trail to the event which fin­ishes at Owaka on March 3.

Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust co­or­di­na­tor and bike trail boss Terry Davis was check­ing out the Clutha-Catlins ride on Mon­day. En­tries opened for the caval­cade this week for all wag­oners, rid­ers, walk­ers, and now cy­clists.

Davis was en­thu­si­as­tic about the in­clu­sion of a cy­cle trail in the caval­cade, which fol­lows next year’s bush and beach theme.

‘‘I think peo­ple are go­ing to find it pretty ex­hil­a­rat­ing, es­pe­cially rid­ing along that beach from Kaka Point to the Nuggets. It’s an amaz­ing part of the world.’’

This new in­clu­sion has even got a name - The Kai­tan­gata Cranksters cy­cle trail.

Cy­clists will meet at Owaka on Fe­bru­ary 27 and make their way to Kai­tan­gata.

They’ll do some forestry and coastal rid­ing be­fore head­ing over Kai­tan­gata’s fa­mous ’ba­nana bridge’ to Inch Clutha, where the old punt will come out of re­tire­ment to get them across the south branch of the Clutha River.

Then it’s a flat ride into Kaka Point, fol­lowed by the ride to Nugget Point.

They’ll head back across coun­try to a wool­shed for their third night on the trail, and the next day bike to Can­ni­bal and Su­rat bays, with more beach rid­ing and ‘‘Hooker’s sea lion avoid­ing’’, Davis said.

The last day will take in the Catlins Lake - Jacks Point coastal ride and a cross coun­try to Jack’s Blow­hole, be­fore rid­ers head back to put on pe­riod cos­tumes for the caval­cade grand pa­rade on the Satur­day.

About 500 peo­ple take part in the caval­cade each year and at least 1000 peo­ple are ex­pected to con­verge on Owaka to wel­come the trail­ers home.

All the var­i­ous trails start at dif­fer­ent points around OtagoSout­land on var­i­ous dates, but are all de­signed to take in Catlins bush and beaches be­fore fin­ish­ing in Owaka.

The Otago Com­mu­nity Trust has do­nated $4000 to the Owaka caval­cade com­mit­tee to­wards its host town re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

De­tails of trails are avail­able at caval­cade.co.nz. Con­tact Terry Davis (03) 445-0111 or Owaka caval­cade com­mit­tee mem­ber Katy But­ton 0274120008. Email: owaka­cav­al­cade@gmail.com

Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust co­or­di­na­tor and bike trail boss Terry Davis.

MARY-JO TOHILL/STUFF

Terry Davis

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