Cycle trail passes opening test run

Project will connect alps with coast

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013
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.
JOHN BISSET/Fairfax NZ
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.

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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.

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.

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- The Timaru Herald

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