Event in its 31st year

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

This year will mark the Triple Peaks event’s 31st sea­son.

“With new cat­e­gories, a new event vil­lage lo­ca­tion and a few in­no­va­tive re­fine­ments, we are con­fi­dent that the 2019 chal­lenge will truly ce­ment MCL Con­struc­tion Triple Peaks as an iconic event for the re­gion,” event co-direc­tor Emma But­tle says.

One of Hawke’s Bay’s long­est-run­ning, chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing events, Triple Peaks will be held on Sat­ur­day, March 9.

But­tle and co-direc­tor Richard Mills, of Ben­ne­long Moun­tain Bike Club, took the reins for the event last year.

“The pos­i­tive re­sponse fol­low­ing 2018 Triple Peaks just blew us away. How­ever, we will con­tinue to re­fine and re­fresh the event for­mat to en­sure it’s a well-oiled ma­chine that both sur­prises and im­presses our en­trants,” But­tle said.

“Triple Peaks en­com­passes ev­ery­thing we love about Hawke’s Bay, with breath­tak­ing views and fan­tas­tic rugged ter­rain. It is an in­tensely re­ward­ing chal­lenge — a great event for the bucket list.”

Mills said: “It is an event that has deep roots in Hawke’s Bay, with pro­ceeds go­ing back to Te Mata Park Trust for 2019. It’s es­sen­tial that it re­tains its lo­cal flavour.

“Fundrais­ing is the pri­mary goal for this event,” Mills said.

“We are ex­cited about sup­port­ing such a won­der­ful com­mu­nity as­set, and the One Giant Chance cam­paign to buy new land and plant more na­tive trees for the park.

“While 2018 was a re­sound­ing suc­cess with over 770 com­peti­tors, we are mak­ing a few ad­just­ments for next year, with a new duathlon cat­e­gory and e-bike cat­e­gory,” Mills said.

As the per­son re­spon­si­ble for course de­sign, Mills is al­ready plan­ning which route to take.

An­other change for 2019 will be the fam­ily-friendly event vil­lage to Have­lock North Vil­lage Green.

The One Peak Ex­plorer cat­e­gory is open for 2019 and with num­bers lim­ited to 150, en­trants should sign up as soon as pos­si­ble, But­tle said.

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