Cycle trail passes opening test run

DEED DONE: Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton, right, cuts the ribbon with the youngest rider, Suzie Smith of Omarama, and Ohau Lodge owner and Alps 2 Ocean chairman Mike Neilson.
DEED DONE: Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton, right, cuts the ribbon with the youngest rider, Suzie Smith of Omarama, and Ohau Lodge owner and Alps 2 Ocean chairman Mike Neilson.
DOING IT EASY: Graeme Simpson, of Oamaru, rides his recumbent bicycle through a beech forest near Ohau for the official opening of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail from Lake Ohau to Omarama.
DOING IT EASY: Graeme Simpson, of Oamaru, rides his recumbent bicycle through a beech forest near Ohau for the official opening of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail from Lake Ohau to Omarama.
PUT TO TEST: Tim and Liam Dennis, 7, test the Twizel to Ohau section of the Alps 2 Ocean cycleway.
PUT TO TEST: Tim and Liam Dennis, 7, test the Twizel to Ohau section of the Alps 2 Ocean cycleway.
STUNNING: Stage one of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail from Aoraki/ Mt Cook to Twizel.
STUNNING: Stage one of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail from Aoraki/ Mt Cook to Twizel.
TYRES SPARED: Jill Jenkins, of Cycle Journeys, loads bicycles for riders not wanting to ride the shingle road between Braemar Station and the Tekapo B power station.
TYRES SPARED: Jill Jenkins, of Cycle Journeys, loads bicycles for riders not wanting to ride the shingle road between Braemar Station and the Tekapo B power station.
OFF ROAD: Luke and Jake Preston-Marshall of Twizel decide to take the river rather than the bridge on the section between Mt Cook and Braemar Station on the Alps 2 Ocean cycleway.
OFF ROAD: Luke and Jake Preston-Marshall of Twizel decide to take the river rather than the bridge on the section between Mt Cook and Braemar Station on the Alps 2 Ocean cycleway.
FREE WHEELING: Cyclists take on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway Ohau to Omarama section on its official opening.
FREE WHEELING: Cyclists take on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway Ohau to Omarama section on its official opening.
FREE WHEELING: Cyclists take on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway Ohau to Omarama section on its official opening.
FREE WHEELING: Cyclists take on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway Ohau to Omarama section on its official opening.
PHOTO STOP: Cyclists take advantage of the scenery for a break and a photo.
PHOTO STOP: Cyclists take advantage of the scenery for a break and a photo.
POSTCARD: Liam Dennis navigates a beech forest on stage two of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, which stretches from Lake Ohau to Omarama.
POSTCARD: Liam Dennis navigates a beech forest on stage two of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, which stretches from Lake Ohau to Omarama.
SCENIC: The Ohau to Omarama section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway meanders through high country scenery.
SCENIC: The Ohau to Omarama section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway meanders through high country scenery.
FREE WHEELING: Cyclists take on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway Ohau to Omarama section on its official opening.
FREE WHEELING: Cyclists take on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway Ohau to Omarama section on its official opening.

Several sections of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail officially opened at the weekend to fanfare complete with ribbon cuttings, a gala dinner and fireworks.

"It's really, really pleasing, really satisfying," Lake Ohau Lodge owner Mike Neilson said. "You now can ride comfortably all the way from Aoraki/Mt Cook to Omarama."

The trail project, four years in the making, will connect Aoraki/Mt Cook with the coast at Oamaru.

ALL AGES: Suzie Smith of Omarama was the youngest rider to enjoy the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail section from Lake Ohau to Omarama on its official opening day at the weekend.
ALL AGES: Suzie Smith of Omarama was the youngest rider to enjoy the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail section from Lake Ohau to Omarama on its official opening day at the weekend.

Organisers estimated that 130 riders participated over the whole weekend, with 67 registered riders on Saturday and 90 on Sunday.

Mr Neilson said there were no problems reported and riders enjoyed two "brilliantly hot days" to try out the trail.

Other events included ribbon-cutting ceremonies and speeches at stopping and starting points for each section and a gala dinner at Lake Ohau Lodge attended by 114 people, with a band and fireworks.

The Timaru Herald