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Last updated 09:11 12/03/2014
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Phoebe Young, Ty Sarginson, Campbell Russell, John Mezger, Harrison Brown, Paul Wright and Mike Northcott will be riding for the King and Queen titles as part of the Sticky Forest mountain bike race next weekend.

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A race to crown the 2014 King and Queen of Sticky Forest will be held next on March 22 with a multi-lap mountain bike cup race along the track.

Three race sections will be held as part of the competition including open, four laps of the 4km track, weekend warrior three laps, and beginner, two laps.

Race organiser Scott Wright said it was the third time the event was being held and it was hoped more than 70 competitors, between the ages of 10 to 60 years, would take part this year.

''What makes this race unique is that most mountain bike races in Central Otago are on four-wheel-drive tracks but this is a 100 per cent single track making it proper technical mountain biking,'' Mr Wright said.

Some of the best riders from across New Zealand were expected to take part in the race and it was hoped the line-up would include at least one world mountain biking champion from New Zealand.

Cash prizes would be given to the top section riders and spectators were urged to get along to the event.

''They (the top riders) are amazing  to watch  how fast they go,''  Mr Wright said.

Registration for the race can be made on the day between 9am and 10am at the Lake Outlet Holiday Park.

 

 

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