Ped­allers, not put­ters

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Four hun­dred and eighty cy­clists and 110 sup­port staff set up their tents on the Oko­roire golf course and stayed overnight as part of the Great Es­capade New Zealand 2012.

Event man­ager Michael Rus­sell said the av­er­age age of par­tic­i­pants is 49 and it is not con­sid­ered a cy­cle race.

‘‘We put on events like this in Vic­to­ria like the Great Vic­to­ria Bike Ride. We thought we would do some­thing dif­fer­ent,’’ Mr Rus­sell said.

Peo­ple came from Australia and New Zealand to take part.

The event started in Gis­borne on Fe­bru­ary 18 and will con­clude in Taupo. The last time the Great Es­capade took place in New Zealand was in the South Is­land in 2004.

Tent city: The Oko­roire golf course was trans­formed into a camp­ground last Fri­day night.

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