Cy­clists de­scend on Broad­way

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On -

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

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