Dirt bike thriller is off to Tokoroa
Second- to- none tracks in Cougar Park have helped bring one of the country’s biggest mountain biking events to Tokoroa.
About 1000 riders from all over New Zealand are expected to roll up to Cougar Park on September 18 for the annual Torpedo7 Day- Night Thriller.
Events promotions marketing manager Charlotte Pearson said there were only a handful of other mountain biking events in the country that can match the thriller.
She said the event had been held in Taupo since it began in 2002 and at its peak, drew more than 3000 entries in one hit.
The move to Tokoroa was made because the tracks in Taupo weren’t up to scratch, she said.
‘‘The forest we were using was felled ... for a couple of years the tracks have been out in the open and not in the forest and not really ideal for the event.’’
She said the Tokoroa Mountain Bike Club put its hand up and when event organisers saw the quality of their tracks, there were no doubts.
‘‘The tracks will speak for themselves,’’ she said.
Selling the location has been the biggest hurdle to day, she said.
‘‘A lot of people don’t know much about Tokoroa. In the past it being in Taupo has been a reason for people to go away. That’s where we’re finding it difficult to attract people to come.’’
The Tokoroa Mountain Bike Club secured the contract for four years and treasurer Larry Sullivan believed that there is only one way to go from here.
‘‘People say you can’t have events here because there’s not enough accommodation but our answer to that is you’ve got to have events here to instigate that accommodation.’’
He said the club put in hundreds of volunteer hours to ensure the tracks were up to scratch.
‘‘We can offer a real good venue and word will get around. In two years time it could possibly be the biggest event that comes to Tokoroa on a regular basis.’’
Excited riders: Tokoroa Mountain Bike Club member Wayne Ryder is excited about hosting the Torpedo7 Day Night Thriller.