The Fast Times

The Strange Road Trail Ride is Where You Want to Be on Sunday

Hikutaia School Trail Ride
It’s time to pack up the kids, the bikes, the gear bag and the chilly bin, as the 15th annual Strange Road Trail Ride is coming up.

If you’re like The Fast Times, you’ll be enjoying the long sunny afternoons that lead into longer evenings. It’s on those afternoons and evenings that riders start to notice just how high the sun still is, which results in one thought: is there time for a ride?

That question only has one answer: yes. But, sometimes, day-to-day life doesn’t always allow for those mid-week rides. Sundays are another story, though, ‘cause that day is for riding. That’s why it’s time to lock in Sunday, November 12. Because it’s the day the 15th annual Rotary Club of Paeroa Charity Trail Ride takes place, at the end of Strange Road, Hikutaia.

It’s a tradition that will continue

Now, just four weeks from the beginning of summer, there will be riders that use the Strange Road Trail Ride to blow out the cobwebs. If only to make sure the body and bike are in good shape for a summer of riding. For others, it won’t just be blowing out the cobwebs, as much as it is tradition.

See, those trail rides that become tradition are the result of the hard work put in by local clubs, businesses and those individuals that spend months making sure every detail is sorted.

It’s that kind of hard work that makes the Strange Road Trail Ride a must-do for riders in the region. The ride never gets stale, since the organisers make sure it’s never the same. For 2017, there are a whole lot of changes, too.

The Strange Road Trail Ride is fresh

Strange Road Trail Ride

The changes include all-new sections. That also allowed the organisers to do away with the road crossing of previous rides. But the biggest change for 2017 is the introduction of a half loop. It gives riders – especially new riders and families – the option of riding 18 kilometres instead of the full 36 kilometres.

There will also be a shorter loop, at four kilometres long, which is perfect for families that ride together. The peewee track is another option for the kids that just aren’t ready to ride the big trails. That means even the smallest members of the family unit can shred their Sunday away. But those who take to the main loop will enjoy those rolling Kiwi hills, bush and open farm tracks that Strange Road is known for.

For the next week, the organizers are putting in the final touches. So, come the morning of November 12, the trails will be ready to be ridden – from 10.00am sharp. Will The Fast Times see you there?

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: 15th Annual Rotary Club of Paeroa Charity Trail Ride
The Where: Strange Road, Hikutaia
The When: Sunday, November 12
The Who: Rod Coe – 021 208 2601 | Mark Whyte – 021 729 012

Main Photo: Alick Saunders Photography

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