It’s about attitude, any old bike will do
Cyclists will gather this week to take part in the annual Taumarunui Cycle Classic.
The Taumarunui Cycle Classic is hosted by the Taumarunui Cycling Club and attracts cyclist from around the country because of its low entry fee.
The 114 kilometre circuit takes riders on a picturesque journey through challenging and beautiful scenery from Taumarunui to Ohura. After completing the Ohura Circuit cyclists return to Taumarunui along smooth country roads.
Club president Wayne Houpapa, also known as ‘Barn’, has been busy preparing for the November 11 event alongside club members. Barn said the event is only able to continue each year thanks to local businesses sponsoring the event and volunteers. More volunteers are still needed to help Barn and the team out on the day. In between all the organising, Barn has been busy training for the Taupo Cycle Challenge which is held later in the month.
Barn started cycling in 2011 on an old ten speed bike, practising on the Taringamotu, Ngapuke circuit. Inspired by cyclist Graham ‘‘Tinker’’ Bell, Barn and his friends found an alternative sport to keep fit that was easy on the body. Describing cycling as ‘‘floating
‘‘You're like the gods, it's a bit like that when you're cruising along’’
on air,’’ Barn has increased his fitness and lost weight.
‘‘He (Tinker) inspired a lot of riders here who had old bikes. He went and got us cycling bikes to ride with him because he was the only Ma¯ ori cycling in town.
‘‘You’re getting to that age when you stop playing rugby and you’re looking for another sport to do.
‘‘You’re like the gods, it’s a bit like that when you’re cruising along.’’
Describing himself as a heavy smoker he can now feel the benefits after giving up seven weeks ago. Barn wants to encourage people of all fitness levels to join the club where they will be supported by a team keen to grow cycling in the town.
‘‘It’s easier and you build yourself slowly with cycling.
‘‘Walking and running is too hard, you need to be on air, floating.’’
Anyone interested in volunteering can ring Dianne Bunn at REAP on 896 8680. Event information on www.taumarunuicyclingclub.co.nz
Wayne Houpapa (Barn) is preparing for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge which will be held later this month.