NZ by Bike's cock-a-hoop over Loop

PETER LAMPP AND GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 09/07/2012

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OPINION: Manawatu's Apiti Loop Ride has made it on to NZ by Bike's definitive where-to-ride guide.

The classic ride from Palmerston North to Feilding, Kimbolton, Apiti and back via Ashhurst has been called "a stunning ride through some of the Manawatu region's most stunning countryside".

The route has become popular through events like the Manawatu Country Road Cycle Classic, the NZCT women's cycle tour and the men's NZ Cycle Classic earlier this year.

It states there are a few hilly sections, so moderate fitness levels are required, but that would be an understatement, with the hills from Pohangina to Apiti verging on mountainous.

Being a fleet-footed harrier enabled Manawatu Standard court reporter Jimmy Ellingham to keep his focus throughout the four weeks of the Scott Guy murder trial in Wellington.

Before the case convened every day, Ellingham scampered up and down Mt Victoria and that took from 45 minutes to an hour. Then he was off to listen to among others, the man for the prosecution, Ben Vanderkolk, who doubles as the Manfeild Park Trust board chairman.

For the final two days, the Standard's chief of staff Jonathon Howe took up station outside the High Court. He had to contend with pushy little television blondes trying to elbow their way to the best positions. But our big boy was having none of it; he had 40 kilograms on most of them anyway.

We suspect former All Blacks coach Graham Henry might have learnt as much as he imparted when he visited Manawatu rugby coaches Jason O'Halloran and Wesley Clarke last week. Henry's visit was part of the mentoring thing he is doing around the provinces on behalf of the New Zealand Rugby Union. O'Halloran has plenty of technical aptitude when it comes to the game and Henry is said to have quipped that he might employ one or two of the Manawatu man's ploys when he helps prepare Argentina in a few weeks' time.

Former Manawatu Standard reporter Dave Mahoney arranged a game of golf at Hastings for Eric Sykes – the comic actor who died last week aged 89 – when he toured New Zealand in 1972.

Word that he was to play attracted a large gallery at the first tee. Sykes, on a 15 handicap, clubbed his drive straight down the fairway and was applauded for it. He doffed his cap and a delivered a theatrical bow to his admirers. As they strode off, Mahoney tried to engage him in conversation, but no response. Turns out he was totally deaf in his left ear.

Manawatu's Olympic Games cyclist Simon van Velthooven left Valencia just in time as the bushfire-stricken region in Spain has been the base for the New Zealand track sprint team.

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They left Valencia to compete at their last event in Cottbus, Germany, before the Games. Forest fires have been ravaging eastern Spain over the past two weeks, with more than 2000 people having to be evacuated from the Valencia region.

- Manawatu Standard

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