Bike trialers set loose on Coastal Walkway

02:39, Mar 03 2014
Matt Foster
FLYING HIGH: New Plymouth’s Matt Foster negotiates the near impossible during the Hynds Invitation NZ Bike Trials Championship on Saturday.

Throbbing Americana engines briefly gave way to peddle power on Saturday as New Zealand's best bike trialers were set loose on the Coastal Walkway.

Concrete pipes, boulders and trees became challenges on an obstacle course.

Hynds Invitation NZ Bike Trials Championship MC Paul Harris said riders used a combination of balance and raw power to negotiate what appeared to be unrideable.

"It's a very focussed sport, you have to have your head in the game," he said.

"It's nothing short of being able to teleport."

Mr Harris said the bikes were stripped of as much weight as possible and were armed with one low gear and hydraulic brakes.

Split between crowd friendly demonstrations and hair-raising competition, 10 top riders from around New Zealand kept the spectators entertained for hours on the Coastal Walkway.

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