Age shall not weary intrepid cyclists

By Roger Moroney


Seventeen holidaying Australian cyclists, all 65-plus, have chosen Hawke's Bay as the spot for their latest New Zealand "ride the trails" adventure.

"The attraction of the cycle trails is definitely growing," Napier-based Takaro Trails Cycle Tours manager Jenny Ryan said.

"And we're seeing an increasing number of Australians coming through."

The latest group, who were scheduled to set off from Nelson Quay in Ahuriri about 9am today flew in from Brisbane last night and are members of the U3A (university of the third age) Redlands group of Queensland.

Ms Ryan said they had previously crossed the Tasman to ride the Central Otago trails and had seen the Hawke's Bay trails on the region's tourism websites.

They were impressed by what they saw.

"They were looking for another Kiwi riding option and decided to come here."

She said the Bay trails suited all ages of riders, and appealed to senior cyclists as they were relatively flat and took in a diverse range of scenery and stopover options.

"We've just had four 76-year-olds do a three-day trail ride."

Age was not an issue, she said.

"They do it at their pace and they're pretty fit. It's easy on the knees and hips and it's awesome to see them out there enjoying our trails."

She has been working with a local U3A groups so they could meet their Aussie colleagues at some stage during their ride which will take them as far south as Waipawa, back up through Raukawa, around the wineries and river trails and through Puketapu.

They will pedal over 260kms during their five-day scenic cycling adventure.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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