Power of cy­cling

With the very first Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling just around the cor­ner, the Lam­berts share their love of cy­cling.

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Mata­mata’s inau­gu­ral Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling will celebrate ev­ery­thing bike re­lated.

And one Mata­mata fam­ily, the Lam­berts, are cer­tainly cy­cling mad.

Mur­ray Lam­bert, the lo­cal Pres­by­te­rian min­is­ter, rides to work and back most days and as a fam­ily, they all love get­ting out on their bikes to­gether ex­plor­ing.

And as Mata­mata is gen­er­ally flat, they say they can do that with ease.

Louise says she likes to ride with the chil­dren to school and along Cen­ten­nial Dr. She says cy­cling is great ex­er­cise while also be­ing a fun fam­ily ac­tiv­ity they can all do. ‘‘It’s also great as a mode of trans­port in that it saves on petrol. It suits us.’’

Mur­ray feels that most of Mata­mata is safe for rid­ing your bike. ‘‘We don’t like Smith St or Firth St very much, but you can work around that and get to most places quite quickly and of­ten not a lot slower than what you would in a car.’’

The fam­ily say the Fes­ti­val of Cy­cling, which takes place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 1 at Firth Tower, sounds like lots of fun.

Fam­i­lies and keen cy­clists are en­cour­aged to ride out to the Tower on the day, or sim­ply head out for a look around. A range of ac­tiv­i­ties and events, in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to, a bike dec­o­rat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, skills and drills and old time cy­cling movies are be­ing planned for the day, which kicks off at around 10am.

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