Motu special for mountain-bikers

Trails trust will host fourth adventure ride.

Trails trust will host fourth adventure ride.


GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL: There are big climbs and awesome views from the hills on the Motu Special course, while younger riders will revel in the offroad and cross-creek riding. Pictures supplied
Motu Special
Motu Special.

Motu’s beautiful scenery is the reason New Zealand road cycling representative Callum Gordon will be back to defend his title for the second time at the Motu Special Mountain Bike event next weekend.

“I couldn’t say no to the Motu Special again this year.

“Having a race like this right on our doorstep is an awesome opportunity for locals to get involved and into mountain biking for the first time,” he said.

There are six events, from beginner to advanced, so there is a race for everyone to enjoy at the August 26 event this year.

“Having won the Weka Special 50km twice now, I’m excited to come back to defend the title and welcome back the competition this year.”

For the past six months he has been road racing all over America and Canada for a California-based road cycling team called Team California.

“Coming home from this I should have a good bit of fitness for the event.

“I really enjoy mountain biking so I was also doing a bit here and there in the States whenever I could.

“Just two weeks ago I was up in California’s Mammoth Mountains, having a blast on the local trails,” said Gordon.

The Motu Special is the district’s only mountain bike race.

Motu Community House is an official partner of Motu Trails Charitable Trust. Motu Trails is one of the 22 Ngaharenga Great Rides.

Trustee Kathy Sheldrake, with her husband Terry, started the event four years ago and last year handed it over to Motu Community Trust.

“The event has been popular over the years, with kids thriving off pedalling through streams and over scenic terrain, which is 80 percent over private farmland,” said Mrs Sheldrake.

Motu School children are looking forward to the race, as they do every year, says principal Paul Cornwall.

“It’s a golden opportunity for all the kids to have fun, get fit and support the community”

Races start and finish at the Motu Community House.

Start time is 10am, with prize-giving at 2pm.

“We have trophies for top men and women in the 50km race and lots of spot prizes. There is prize money for the 50km and 25km, based on entry numbers.”

There is no need to bring lunch, as Black Fig Catering will be there and Motuvation Cafe will also be open, Mrs Sheldrake says.

Entry forms can be completed online but last-minute entries will be accepted on the day. To assist organisers, try to enter online before race day. Entries on the day are cash only.

An extra bonus for kids is a discount for kids wearing their Weet-Bix TRYathlon T-shirts. Instead of $20 the entry fee is $15.00

There is something for all ages and experience, with races or cruisy rides ranging from 5km to 50km, with a new race this year — the ebike experience.

Mrs Sheldrake said they are hoping for at least 20 entrants in the electric bike category, which is all run on compacted gravel.

“We are thrilled to add this into the event. It is the fastest growing sector in biking. They are expensive at the moment but, with their increasing popularity, prices should drop,” she said.

The event is sponsored by the Eastland Community Trust, Eastland Group Electric Village, PGG Wrightson and Ballance Agri Nutrients as major sponsors, plus many more local businesses.

For more information and to enter go to the Motu Special website.

Motu’s beautiful scenery is the reason New Zealand road cycling representative Callum Gordon will be back to defend his title for the second time at the Motu Special Mountain Bike event next weekend.

“I couldn’t say no to the Motu Special again this year.

“Having a race like this right on our doorstep is an awesome opportunity for locals to get involved and into mountain biking for the first time,” he said.

There are six events, from beginner to advanced, so there is a race for everyone to enjoy at the August 26 event this year.

“Having won the Weka Special 50km twice now, I’m excited to come back to defend the title and welcome back the competition this year.”

For the past six months he has been road racing all over America and Canada for a California-based road cycling team called Team California.

“Coming home from this I should have a good bit of fitness for the event.

“I really enjoy mountain biking so I was also doing a bit here and there in the States whenever I could.

“Just two weeks ago I was up in California’s Mammoth Mountains, having a blast on the local trails,” said Gordon.

The Motu Special is the district’s only mountain bike race.

Motu Community House is an official partner of Motu Trails Charitable Trust. Motu Trails is one of the 22 Ngaharenga Great Rides.

Trustee Kathy Sheldrake, with her husband Terry, started the event four years ago and last year handed it over to Motu Community Trust.

“The event has been popular over the years, with kids thriving off pedalling through streams and over scenic terrain, which is 80 percent over private farmland,” said Mrs Sheldrake.

Motu School children are looking forward to the race, as they do every year, says principal Paul Cornwall.

“It’s a golden opportunity for all the kids to have fun, get fit and support the community”

Races start and finish at the Motu Community House.

Start time is 10am, with prize-giving at 2pm.

“We have trophies for top men and women in the 50km race and lots of spot prizes. There is prize money for the 50km and 25km, based on entry numbers.”

There is no need to bring lunch, as Black Fig Catering will be there and Motuvation Cafe will also be open, Mrs Sheldrake says.

Entry forms can be completed online but last-minute entries will be accepted on the day. To assist organisers, try to enter online before race day. Entries on the day are cash only.

An extra bonus for kids is a discount for kids wearing their Weet-Bix TRYathlon T-shirts. Instead of $20 the entry fee is $15.00

There is something for all ages and experience, with races or cruisy rides ranging from 5km to 50km, with a new race this year — the ebike experience.

Mrs Sheldrake said they are hoping for at least 20 entrants in the electric bike category, which is all run on compacted gravel.

“We are thrilled to add this into the event. It is the fastest growing sector in biking. They are expensive at the moment but, with their increasing popularity, prices should drop,” she said.

The event is sponsored by the Eastland Community Trust, Eastland Group Electric Village, PGG Wrightson and Ballance Agri Nutrients as major sponsors, plus many more local businesses.

For more information and to enter go to the Motu Special website.

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