The Gowan Hill Classic mountainbike, run and recreational walk event has had a makeover, with a new venue.
Mt Linton Station, near Ohai, will host the first mountainbike races on the property on March 23, with the introduction of the Mt Linton Muster.
After five successful years at Gowan Hill, the Ohai/Nightcaps Lions Club is excited about the change of venue and the opportunity to refresh the popular mountainbike, run and walk event.
At 12,145 hectares, Mt Linton is one of New Zealand's largest privately owned agribusinesses.
The Texel sheep and Angus cattle studs are leaders in their field, and the property offers outstanding views in every direction.
Race director Rob Turner said the property provided scope and contrast for four very exciting courses, ranging from the 40-kilometre Rock Hut Round-Up and the technical Tennants Challenge over 25km to a 17km recreation ride and competitive run that includes Linton Hill Forest, as well as a 13km walk and children's cycle course.
The Mt Linton Muster would offer races for all levels of experience, fitness and age, for riders and runners alike, he said.
The past five events have seen over $27,000 in profits returned to the Ohai Nightcaps district to support medical services and community facilities.
The proceeds from the 2013 event will go towards sport and recreation in the Takitimu district.
Information about the 2013 event is available at mtlinton muster.co.nz.
- The Southland Times