Cyclists descend on Broadway
Residents can expect to see hundreds of cyclists pass through Matamata as part of the 11th annual REV Cycle Race this Saturday.
The event is one of New Zealand’s premier one day road cycling events, typically attracting over 1000 participants and offering riders the chance to tackle some of the area’s most challenging and rewarding cycling terrain.
As part of the popular REV100 race category, hundreds of keen cyclists will depart Cambridge to take on the 100.95km challenge. Riders will have to conquer French Pass before continuing on through to Matamata via Buckland Road, home of the iconic Hobbiton tourist attraction.
Cyclists will enter the town via Station Road and will exit on Peria Road after a pit stop at the mid-way drink station located near Matamata Christian School and Matamata Intermediate on Smith Street.
With an influx of cyclists and spectators on the roads, motorists can expect some delays when travelling in the area from 10.30am to 1.00pm and are encouraged to be extra vigilant.
Local cycling club, the Matamata Peddlers have been involved in the event since 2012 and will once again assist event organisers with the delivery of the event, working as a fundraising group on race day. The small team will work to cover the drink station and will also assist in marshalling key course areas.
‘‘It’s good to give something back to the community. We all enjoy cycling and it’s nice to be involved without the pressure of racing,’’ committee member Stu Edgecombe said. Each year the club donate the funds raised to charities such as St John’s and the Westpac Air Ambulance.
This year will be the fifth time that REV100 riders pass through Matamata and event manager Amanda Till is delighted that the town will feature once again.
‘‘The REV is an event that showcases the beauty of the Waipa and MatamataPiako districts. I’m glad our riders get to experience it.’’
The REV is delivered by U Leisure in partnership with KODA New Zealand. a ˇS