To lead up to the big race, the previous couple of Saturdays some riders did two 50km and three 70km cycle challenges.
The big day arrived: a dry sunny afternoon with a steady north-easterly wind.
Due to road-works in both Titikaveka and Ngatangia the cyclists were unable to circumnavigate the island so, starting from Social Centre, they took a route out to the west and south of the island. They then turned to head back to town and out to the east and then back out to the west.
The leader of the pack for much of the ride was Roland Neururer who set a great pace to ensure the group achieved their goal of completing the 100km in under three hours.
All the cyclists took some share of the lead and were delighted with the overall result of 102.46km in a time of two hours 56 minutes, with an average speed of 34.9 kmh.
“Despite the course having three 180-degree turns, we beat last year’s time and were very grateful for the support from a number of mountain bikers, the timekeepers and the Triathlon Association for pizza and chocolate at the finish,” Neururer said.
“Congratulations to all who participated in this great achievement.”
The Association is planning on taking part in the Tour of Northland Cycle Event in March next year. Anyone interested is invited to contact the Triathlon Association for details.