Cy­cling fes­ti­val de­but at Firth Tower

Matamata Chronicle - - News - TERESA HATTAN

Fancy your­self as the next cy­cling su­per­star, or are you more of a Sun­day rider?

The inau­gu­ral Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling on Sun­day, Novem­ber 1 will have some­thing for all cy­cling lovers, in­clud­ing old films in the Firth Tower cin­ema fea­tur­ing those on two wheels.

En­try to the Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling is by gold coin, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter. The event kicks off at 10am and will con­tinue through to around 3pm. The ac­tiv­i­ties and demon­stra­tions will be­gin at 11am.

The ukulele group will per­form at 12noon, be­fore the grand bi­cy­cle pa­rade around the Firth Tower and prize draw takes place at 1pm. The brass band will then per­form at 1.30pm un­der the oak trees out­side the barn.

Give­aways and spot prizes on the day will in­clude a mas­sage voucher and bike good­ies from Bike­wise.

Or­gan­iser Colin Kem­plen said plan­ning for the first Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling was go­ing well. ‘‘It will be a fun, fam­ily day out. We are en­cour­ag­ing mum, dad and the kids to cy­cle out from town to the Tower.’’

If this isn’t prac­ti­cal there is no need to worry, sim­ply head out with or with­out your bikes in the car and get in on the fun and

‘‘‘‘We are en­cour­ag­ing mum, dad and the kids to cy­cle to the Tower.’’

fes­tiv­i­ties.

Kids will be keen to give the bike rodeo games a go and should start to think about how they will dec­o­rate their bikes for the bike dec­o­rat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, while adults can look for­ward to re­lax­ing un­der a tree while soak­ing up the at­mos­phere.

A skills and drills course will also be run by Sport Waikato.

Raf­fle tick­ets, to win two youth bikes do­nated by Gi­ant, re­main on sale at Mata­mata Cy­cles. A colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion can be picked up and dropped off from Mata­mata Cy­cles ahead of the event, where they will be put on dis­play for the public. Prizes will then be on of­fer. Bring a pic­nic and head out to the Firth Tower to get in­volved.

For more on the inau­gu­ral Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling, see page 16 of to­day’s Mata­mata Chron­i­cle for a story on the Lam­bert fam­ily. More in­for­ma­tion is on the Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling Face­book page.

PHOTO: TERESA HATTAN

Those in­volved with the very first Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling, from left, Dale Er­tel, Lou Beer, Colin Kem­plen, Louise Wen­zlick, Thomas Lauder, 8, San­dra Van de Pas and Bethan Lauder, 7.

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