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Trail Talk: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Trail Talk: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Outside Sports NZ

Resource consent has been granted by an independent commissioner for the Oreti River section, as part of stage two of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail. This will allow one of the original seven great trail rides to be completed, which has been a working progress since 2008.

In his decision Commissioner Denis Nugent said: “I conclude that the adverse effects on the environment from the application overall would be less than minor, and such effects would be balanced or outweighed by the positive benefits to the Southland community of constructing the trail.”

The consent was to construct and use a cycle trail, construct seven bridges and an underpass, to extract 2000 cubic metres of gravel and to construct culverts and boardwalks within road reserve.

Stage One Panel Designs

There are 23 proposed panel design concepts for stage one of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail The panels will hold a variety of information ranging from environmental to heritage information and trail rules. Community Development Planner Julie Russell said the panels are an important part of the trail experience: “They are a way to celebrate and preserve the uniqueness of our communities.”

Mr Marshall said if no appeals were lodged it was expected that the trail would be completed by the end of the year.

Trail Talk: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Outside Sports NZ

Cyclists ride through Athol on Stage One of the trai. Photo Credit: Southland District Council Communications Dept

For more information about Around the Mountains Cycle Trail click here.

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The Motor Neurone Cycle Challenge, NZ 2015

The Motor Neurone Cycle Challenge 2015

In February 2015 Carey Vivian embarked on an inspiring 6 week mission; cycling off-road and unsupported for 4,000 km from Cape Reinga (North Island, New Zealand) to Bluff (South Island, New Zealand) to fundraise for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand. This challenging cycle route criss-crosses the country several times and equates to more than two times the distance if the shortest on-road route was taken. The ride will push Carey’s endurance and willpower to the extreme. To complete the challenge route within the 6 week timeframe Carey will need to average at least 100km per day despite possible adverse weather conditions and physical difficulties.

Neurone cycle challenge 2015 Outside Sports NZ

Carey’s father was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease two years ago. Carey decided he needed to do something tangible to help the association, and used his expertise in biking to aid fundraising and awareness. Since the age of 2 Carey has done it all: BMX, road cycling, track cycling, mountain biking, touring, single speed and cyclocross. An elected life member of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club and a Trustee on Queenstown Trails Trust. Carey’s mission of the Motor Neurone Cycle Challenge is to raise $50,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NZ and promote public awareness of Motor Neurone Disease along the way.

Carey and Kev with Southland-Clutha MP The Motor Neurone Cycle Challenge 2015

Carey and brother-in-law Kev pictured with Southland-Clutha MP Todd Barclay on Parliament steps on Friday 20th February 2015, sending thanks to all donations and continued well wishes.

Carey has now cycled the North Island section, and he has ahead of him some big riding days down the South Island, NZ.

To make a donation please click on the following link: https://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/MotorNeuroneCycleChallenge/

This link will take you to the Fundraise online website where you can make a secure credit card donation direct to the Motor Neurone Cycle Challenge.

Look part of the team in the Outside Sports team issue jersey.

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