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Get Cycling in February

Monday, January 18, 2016

Get Cycling in February

Summer and Bike Month is the perfect time for everyone to discover or rediscover the joy of cycling.  Bike Month is a great time of the year to dust off your bike and get cycling with over twenty cycling related activities and events happening over February. 

Whether you are into road cycling, mountain biking, recreational cycling or a complete beginner there’s something for everyone in the Bike Month calendar.  Nothing beats cycling for a fun and healthy activity that is great for the whole family and it’s an easy way to beat the traffic on the commute to work or school.

In the Eastern Bay of Plenty we are lucky to have many cycling options.  The Warren Cole walkway and cycle track out to Coastlands is great for safe family cycling.  For the more adventurous you can try the Onepu Mountain Bike Park, Rawhiti Mountain Bike Park (Ohiwa) and the Motu Trails in Opotiki or join the Whakatane Cycle Club for club rides on Mondays and Thursdays.  For something different this year you can try the Whakatane Cycle Club’s Ride the runway event on the 20th February, prizes up for grabs.

For keen mountain bikers the Earthcycles’ Twilight three week series at Onepu Mountain Bike Park starts on 10th February at 5.45pm with registrations on the night. 

Virtually on Track and the Whakatane Mountain Bike Club invite you to participate in the Virtual Enduro Mountain Bike race.  Submit your fastest time over seven downhill Strava segments during February at Rawhiti. The challenge is free but to ride at Rawhiti you need a 2 week temporary membership ($5).

As well as all the activities in the calendar we have the Tour de Bay corporate cycling challenge happening.  In teams of three the mission is to get cycling and clock up as many kilometres as possible over the month of February.  Kilometres are collated each week with the goal of virtually cycling the 410 kilometres around the Bay of Plenty.  Sport Bay of Plenty encourages workplaces to enter as many teams as possible; you could even create your own inter-workplace challenge or challenge another workplace to take part.   As well as an overall prize there will be weekly prizes for the teams with the most kilometres cycled, the most teams entered from a workplace and the most improved team.

Everyone is encouraged to leave the car at home on Wednesday 10th February for the nationwide Go By Bike Day, with prizes and refreshments on offer at five pit stops in the EBOP.  Check the Sport Bay Of Plenty website or listen to 1XX for details.

For more information about bike month and to download the calendar, go to or pick up the calendar from your local community centre or Sport BOP office.  Alternatively contact the EBOP Recreation Advisor, Cathy Bell -, 07 3088304 or 027 702 2148

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