Cavalcade bike trail blazer
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: email@example.com
Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust coordinator and bike trail boss Terry Davis.