07 March 2010

Kaponga Cow Ride

Something of a Taranaki institution, the Kaponga Cow Race is an annual fundraiser for the Kaponga Lions Club that puts the grass roots back into grass roots mountain biking.

Held annually on Taranaki Anniversary Day, the non-competitive ride takes in stunning rural landscapes over a mostly downhill course from the edge of Egmont National Park to Kaponga. The course follows cow races across farms and fields, and offers both a long and short course (roughly 20 and 10km) options. The ride start at the Dawson Falls Mountain Gates at 10 am and finishes at the Kaponga School.

Entry is on the day only - adults $5 - children $3 - family $10. BBQ, spot prizes, and bike cleaning facilities available at the finish at Kaponga School (you'll need these - trust me). As with all races, bikes must be in decent condition prior to setting off and helmets must be worn.

What better way to mark the regional holiday than sifting over farmland on a mountain bike?

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