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Mountain bikers' skills tested

Gals and kids get a go

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 10/02/2014

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It was two days of outdoor fun for Taranaki mountain bikers with two events held over the weekend.

The first one on Saturday saw 16 female riders of varying abilities test their skills at Lake Mangamahoe's Plantation Rd for the MTB Gals activity, with three hours of venturing along bike trails.

Yesterday, about 75 children gathered at the Audrey Gale Reserve for the Take a Kid Mountain Biking event, where they were taught how to handle riding through hills, tree roots and mud.

Both rides were hosted by the New Plymouth Mountain Bikers Club and forms part of the district council's RIDE festival, aimed at getting residents to give cycling a go.

MTB Gals organiser Jenn Patterson said Saturday's event went well with everyone enjoying the day.

She said it was good to be able to ride along the new trails the club had built over the last six months with grants from the TSB Trust.

Husband Andrew oversaw Sunday's event and said it was a good opportunity to equip children with various cycling techniques.

Ms Patterson also said the club was grateful to Wood Group M&O for sponsoring the prizes for the day which ranged from bike pumps and locks to a new mountain bike.

The mountain bike was won by Max Sowman, 8, of New Plymouth.

The club is also hosting its inaugural Mangamahoe Munter cycling event on March 9 as part of the 2014 New Zealand Cycle Festival.

Visit nzcyclefest.co.nz for information.

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