Join in sum­mer se­ries

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Get on your bike and ride! Taupo¯ Moun­tain Bike Club’s weekly Sum­mer Se­ries spon­sored by Pack & Pedal starts on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17 and runs for 10 con­sec­u­tive weeks through to March 21.

The se­ries caters for all lev­els of rid­ers from be­gin­ners through to ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers and with its so­cial fo­cus, many peo­ple par­tic­i­pate sim­ply to meet other rid­ers and en­joy the fam­ily at­mos­phere, says se­ries or­gan­iser Paula Pi­etersma.

There are two timed cour­ses on of­fer for adults and youths — the short course (8km) is on grade 2 and 3 trails and for those look­ing for a bit more of a chal­lenge the long course (12km) tack­les an ex­tra climb or two and has a more tech­ni­cal trail. E-bik­ers are wel­come to ride the long course, too, and are timed as a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory.

For kids the Rock­ets course is around 5km on grade 2 track and the Sprock­ets course is around 3km on Grade 2 track.

“These races are not timed as it is more about the kids get­ting out and hav­ing fun and build­ing up their skills to be able to ride in the timed cour­ses,” says Paula.

Both trails are kept sep­a­rate from the other trails and an adult moun­tain biker al­ways leads the group with an­other fol­low­ing at the back. Young chil­dren and those on run­ner bikes are ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents.

Spot prizes will be given out on some evenings and food and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able each week. En­trants meet and reg­is­ter at the Hub area by the new un­der­pass near Craters Moun­tain Bike Park. Reg­is­tra­tion is from 5.15pm to 5.45pm and races start from 6pm.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, en­try fees and de­tails of how to en­ter go to: moun­tain­bike­

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Taupo¯ Moun­tain Bike Club’s Sum­mer Se­ries starts on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17 and runs for 10 con­sec­u­tive weeks.

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